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Abused 2-month-old out of intensive care

Posted January 6, 2014

Jonathan Michael Jones is accused of abusing his two-month-old son, Jaxen, at their Smithfield home on Dec. 27, 2013. The baby has had brain surgery for his injuries and has been on life support.

— A 2-month-old Smithfield baby who was seriously injured after being abused is out of intensive care.

Jaxen Jones was put on life support after police found him unresponsive at his home on Caswell Street on Dec. 27. He was taken off a ventilator Friday and has since been improving, according to his mother, Brandy Carthen.

Jonathan Michael Jones, the boy's father, faces a charge of intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury.

Carthen had been in the hospital at the time, and Jones was caring for the infant.

Neighbor Sarah Aponte said Jones told her that he had been feeding Jaxen when he choked.

During a court hearing last week, Johnston County prosecutors said that doctors found dried blood behind Jaxen's eyes – an indicator of previous child abuse.

"He is definitely a fighter, and he's fighting his way back to be with mommy," Carthen said Saturday.


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  • monami Jan 9, 2014

    WRAL, lease provide a follow-up story. How is the baby? Will he recover? How much damage does he have? Poor sweet child! :=(

  • carrboroyouth Jan 7, 2014

    According to her Facebook, she has ended her relationship with the father (however accurate that may be). May he stay in jail for a long, long time.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 7, 2014

    Glad Jaxon is recovering, hope he recovers fully. I also hope, but doubt, that mom will NOT take him back provided he doesn't spend some time in jail/prison.

  • littleriver69 Jan 7, 2014

    Death penalty for the father figure. Period.

  • anon022 Jan 7, 2014

    That poor, poor baby. I look at my own 5 month old and wonder how could anyone do such a thing to such an innocent little baby.

    Unfortunately from what I've read and seen on facebook, the mother sounds like she will take him back. Praying for him.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 7, 2014

    What a sorry sack that 'father' is.

    Obamacare prevails again

    I don't think any higher of the "mother". Neither of them appear to be model parents. She defended at least some of his actions. Two losers with three innocent, helpless kids depending on them. Sad

  • Whosays Jan 7, 2014

    Praise God that he got another chance to live, I hope the Mother knows better than to let that man in her life again, the baby might not make it next time.

  • bertram Jan 6, 2014

    The mother was previously quoted stating "He was a good daddy...disciplined my two other children... like the were his own...sometimes he was rough...I don't want to think he did it..." Folks, I feel real sorry for all this woman's poor children because she is obviously keeping the porch light on for this cruel coward.

  • Naysayer Jan 6, 2014

    That is good news. Hopefully the "father" is permanently out of the picture, and the mother makes good choices in the future when it comes to men.

  • maureenmercer1 Jan 6, 2014

    Sounds like he needs anger management courses, a vasectomy so he cannot have another child to abuse and prison time.