Dad throws baby against wall to distract him from video games: police

A couple are accused of lying to police and doctors about abusing their baby after the father allegedly castigated the baby as he tried to play video games.

Both men face jail time for child abuse after initially misleading authorities as to why their daughter had a fractured skull. After his arrest, the infant and four other children, ages 2, 4, 6 and 8, were placed under state protection.

The mother, Dakota Vick, 24, was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday after a second interview with police in which she admitted to witnessing her husband’s outburst on their daughter and was upset by the way he handled the situation.

The father, Theodor Hurt, 23, was arrested in December over the incident, according to local station KETV.

The couple first brought the infant to Omaha Children’s Hospital on November 22, telling staff the 8-month-old fell off his sofa twice while having his diaper changed on November 19 November. The hospital discovered that the child had suffered “a fractured skull and significant swelling on the right side of the head.”

On November 23, Hurt told police that “he was frustrated that his daughter was crying as he tried to play video games and drink shots with his virtual friends online.” Frustrated, Hurt said he took the child upstairs and threw her into a travel cot so hard her head hit the wall. He even demonstrated throwing to investigators. He claimed the child had missed an early nap and was more restless than usual. Once his daughter started crying, Hurt claimed he started crying over what he had done.

An Omaha couple have been arrested after lying about the circumstances that left their baby girl with a fractured skull. Above is a representative image of police making an arrest.
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Vick first said that Hurt’s mother witnessed one of the child’s falls from the couch, which she said happened at 4:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. on November 19. When questioned by officers, Hurt’s mother said she witnessed a fall after dropping off two older grandchildren from school, according to the Omaha World Herald. She also said she didn’t see the infant’s cranial swelling until the next day.

Hurt and Vick remain in custody, with bail set at $82,500 and $25,000, respectively. according to Westport News. Since his arrest in December, Hurt has pleaded guilty to his charges. Vick has yet to enter a plea.

Last month in Tucson, Arizona, another tragic domestic incident involving video games unfolded. Police responding to a call found Isaiah Ainuu, 13, who allegedly stabbed his mother following a verbal argument about him playing video games. He also said he hit his mother eight to nine times in the head with an exercise weight before stabbing her. She later died of her injuries. Her son has been charged with first degree murder/domestic violence and has been incarcerated in a detention center.

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