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Published on May 15, 2024
Lake Havasu City Father Charged with Child Abuse, Aggravated Assault of Infant on Life SupportSource: Lake Havasu City Police Department

Lake Havasu City father, 29-year-old Anthony Eldridge, faces severe charges after his 16-week-old infant was found with critical injuries earlier this month. On the morning of May 3, when Lake Havasu City Police responded to a call about a baby not breathing on Daytona Ave., they discovered the infant in a dire state but had managed to regain consciousness by the time medical help arrived.

Eldridge was arrested and is currently being held on a whopping $100,000 cash-only bond at the Mohave County Detention Center. He is charged with one count of child abuse and two counts of aggravated assault, as announced by the Lake Havasu City Police Department in a press release. The official statement details the intervention by police officers and medics, and the subsequent handover to detectives for a thorough investigation.

The Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center quickly determined that the infant's injuries were so severe that immediate transportation to Las Vegas, NV was necessary. Medical experts in Las Vegas continue to care for the infant, who remains on life support, fighting the implications of a non-accidental brain injury. These injuries are serious enough to have caused significant and permanent brain trauma to the young child.

Lake Havasu City Police Sergeant Kyle Ridgway, acting as public information officer, reported that through continuous consultation with the doctors, detectives learned to harshly reassess the circumstances surrounding the incident. It became clear that the infant had suffered from an injury consistent with an assault, rather than an accident. This revelation quickly turned the situation into a criminal matter with Eldridge at the center of accusations.

The community has been shaken by the news of this incident, details of which have been gradually unfolding over several weeks. The authorities haven't released further information regarding the condition of the infant or the future court dates for Anthony Eldridge as the case is still ongoing.