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Kentucky Man Accused of Beating Infant, Causing 27 Fractures

By GQ Pan

RICHMOND, Ky.—A Kentucky man is accused of punching his infant daughter and repeatedly slamming the 3-month-old on the ground, causing 27 bone fractures and other injuries.

Photo provided by Madison County Detention Center shows Sean Dykes, in Richmond, Ky. on May 30, 2019. (Madison County Detention Center via AP)

News outlets report 24-year-old Sean Dykes was arrested Thursday and charged with abuse of a minor and domestic violence.

An arrest report says authorities responding to a report of a wounded infant last week found the girl with fractures, bruises, bleeding in her eyes and other possible internal injuries.

Richmond Police Assistant Chief Rodney Richardson said: “it’s unimaginable that a father could do this to their daughter.”

Dykes also was accused in March of shoving his girlfriend and her mother to the ground and attempting to strangle one of them.

He’s being held without bail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

Murder Charges for Kentucky Dad Accused of Killing Baby Over Video Game

Only a month ago, a young father from Kentucky was accused by the local authority of beating and killing his infant son. 26-year-old Anthony Trice from was playing a video game at his Louisville home on Friday, May 3, according to NBC-TV affiliate WAVE, when he lost.

Anthony Trice, 26, faces multiple charges, including murder, in connection with the death of his infant son in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 5, 2019. (Louisville Metro Corrections)

In a fit of rage, police said, Trice allegedly threw his controller and punched his 1-month-old boy in the head.

Officials at the Louisville Metro Police Department were cited by Fox News as saying that Trice picked up his son and tried to comfort him, but ended up dropping him on the floor.

Trice allegedly then left to go the bathroom and when he returned, he found the newborn in distress.

The baby was transported to the hospital, according to the report, and on Sunday he died from his injuries.

Trice initially faced charges of criminal abuse of a child, according to WDRB-TV, but these were upgraded to murder when the infant died.

He appeared on court on Monday, WAVE reported.

His bond has been set at $1 million.

Children face the highest risk of homicide from their parents and from those they know, according to a child abuse report published in BMJ.

Homicide is an extreme form of violence against children, and approximately 95,000 children are murdered every year according to a UNICEF 2014 report.

About 57 percent of these global childhood homicide cases are of children between 15 and 19 years of age, and 20 percent are of children below 5 years. Risk is higher for boys who constitute about 70 percent of cases.

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, between 1980 and 2016, an estimated 66,650 juveniles were murdered in the United States—1,330 in 2016.

The Associated Press and The Epoch Times Reporter Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.