Mugshot of Ahmard Wright
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Cops: Atlanta fire lieutenant caused baby son's traumatic brain injury

A lieutenant with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department has been charged with child cruelty in connection with injuries to his two-month-old son.

Ahmard Wright was arrested at noon and posted a $20,000 bond about three hours later on his felony child cruelty charge, according to Cobb jail records.

The boy has bruises on his brain and hemorrhaging, doctors told police. 

According to a warrant, a Division of Family and Children Services supervisor called police investigators to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite early March 4.

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The parents told investigators that the baby had been vomiting about four days.

Wright told police that his wife, who is the mother to three of his children, was running errands while he looked after the three kids at their Smyrna home. The children are all younger than 19 months old.

At first in the interview, Wright denied that the baby was involved in “any traumatic or accidental event while under his care,” the warrant said.

But several hours after the interview, Wright reported to DFCS that the child had hit his head on a plastic infant bath tub while cleaning him.

According to police, the child abuse pediatrician’s “medical report stated that ‘the injuries were most consistent with non-accidental trauma and does not appear consistent with the trivial trauma that said accused had described.’ ”

Sgt. Cortez Stafford, spokesman for Atlanta Fire Rescue, confirmed Tuesday that Wright was placed on administrative leave when the department found out that morning of the criminal charge.

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