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Man arrested for felony injury to a child involving 4-month-old baby

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Charles Miller

The following is a news release from the Idaho Falls Police Department.

IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls man has been arrested for allegedly causing severe injuries to a four-month-old child.

Police reports show on Jan. 6, the child was taken to Idaho Falls Community Hospital after its parents reported the child had fallen off the father’s lap and was displaying symptoms consistent with a head injury. The infant was found to have a brain bleed and was transported to Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah.

Medical staff at Primary Children’s determined the injuries were inconsistent with falling off the father’s lap and contacted the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Medical staff reported the infant had a significant amount of blood around the brain due to bi-lateral subdural hematomas that are several weeks old. The infant also had significant retinal hemorrhages in both eyes from a more recent event. Medical staff reported the injuries were consistent with abusive head trauma from two separate events.

Idaho Falls Police detectives investigated the injuries. In an interview, the father, Charles Miller, 33, confessed to IFPD detectives that on Jan. 6, he became frustrated and threw the infant down on to his bed, likely causing the retinal hemorrhages. Miller admitted that a similar incident had occurred around Thanksgiving, causing the original brain bleed, police said.

On Thursday, Miller was arrested on two counts of felony injury to a child and taken to the Bonneville County Jail.