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Infant remains on life-support as father faces abuse charges

Posted December 30, 2013
Updated January 4, 2014

— A two-month-old infant remained on life-support Monday as his father, accused of abusing the baby, had his bond doubled by a judge.

Jonathan Michael Jones is charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury after his son, Jaxen, was found unresponsive in their Smithfield home on Friday.

Jones’ bond was increased to $400,000 during his first court appearance Monday. Prosecutors asked to raise the bond due to the possibility of more charges being filed based on the baby’s condition. Jones also asked for a court-appointed attorney. His next court date is Jan. 16.

Sarah Aponte, who lives next door to Jones, was babysitting the infant when his father picked him up.

"When I handed him the baby he wined 'oh here we go again, this kid hates me,'" she said.

He was back at her door less than five minutes later. The infant was not breathing.

"I told him 'what did you do, what did you do to him,'" she said. "He said 'I was just feeding him and he choked.'"

She called him a liar.

Smithfield police officers had to conduct life-saving measures until paramedics arrived.

Doctors found dried blood behind the infant's eyes, said prosecutors, who added that such is an indicator of previous abuse.

The baby's mother, Brandy Carthen, was at the hospital with flu-like symptoms when the incident happened. She was too upset to talk after Jones' court appearance and has been at Jaxen's side since.


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  • bnlncteach Jan 3, 2014

    Any updates?

  • monami Jan 2, 2014

    "Kids aren't necessarily safer in foster care or adoption."

    There are definitely some less-than-ideal foster homes. But returning to a home with known abuse patterns? That would be negligent. Sometimes the kids need to be taken from the parents. Wish there was a perfect solution.

  • boatrokr Jan 2, 2014

    Kids aren't necessarily safer in foster care or adoption. I was abused by my adoptive parents, and thank God every day that they're dead and can't hurt anyone else.

  • BritBrat Jan 2, 2014


  • scubagirl2 Dec 31, 2013

    "Bjones...look at all the "I" statements in your post...Without mention of baby Jaxen. Just an observation.
    I wish the best for baby Jaxen. monami"

    SHE is the one being attacked here by folks like you so OF COURSE there will be I's......that's over the top monami, even for you

  • monami Dec 31, 2013

    Bjones...look at all the "I" statements in your post...Without mention of baby Jaxen. Just an observation.

    I wish the best for baby Jaxen.

  • monami Dec 31, 2013

    Things are looking better? I wonder how much brain damage the child suffered while he was not breathing before the CPR began. If he survives, what will be the quality of his life? This poor child. I hope he is not suffering. This story makes me see red!

  • 678devilish Dec 31, 2013

    Was she there during the previous abuse?....

    More than likely. She should be protecting her baby instead of her boyfriend. There is not that much love in this world. He most likely was abusing this mother. The child should absolutely not be allowed back into this home. PERIOD! The baby deserves a good home where it is safe and shows love.

  • 678devilish Dec 31, 2013

    This child is now in the Lord's hands. Pray for the little one that he will pull through. As for the father, I hope he stays locked up and sent to prison for a very very long time.

  • GeorgiaPeach70 Dec 31, 2013

    First and foremost, my prayers and thoughts go out to this baby...He should be the number one priority to this mom, not, NOT! pleading to the court to inform HIS ABUSER, about his condition...Especially seeing as how he told the baby sitter, "here we go again, this kid hates me..." I am questioning the mom's motives, because the hospital has said they have found evidence of previous abuse, where was the mom through all of that? Was she there during the previous abuse?....Sounds to me she has a lot to answer for...