Richards, 21, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, first-degree cruelty to children and possession of marijuana, police said. He made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
The condition of the child is unknown. Shaddix told Channel 2 the boy had “severe trauma” to the head.
“Our belief is it happened during the night and the mother was actually asleep in a different room and was not aware of what was happening,” Shaddix said.
Attempts to reach Joel Richards were unsuccessful.
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The 20-year-old told Channel 2 Action News he is human and makes mistakes.