Abused 2-month-old out of intensive care
Posted January 6, 2014
Smithfield, N.C. — 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.