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Calif. Man Bites Off Infant's Nose Over Crying

A California father allegedly bit off a portion his infant's nose. Police say the baby was crying and it pushed Joshua Copper over the edge.
Posted at 9:05 AM, Mar 15, 2014

It's one of those stories that you'd never expect to hear. A father in California allegedly bit off a portion of his infant son’s nose.

"Fairfield police say Joshua Cooper got frustrated because his one moth-old infant was crying. So he bit off the boy's nose." (Via KNTV)

Cooper, who is 18, was arrested for for child cruelty and aggravated mayhem. Doctor's believe the baby boy also suffered head trauma.

According to The Sacramento Bee, police received a frantic call from a woman Thursday morning, claiming her infant was badly bleeding. When police arrived, they found the baby with a bloody face. 

"It's a very unusual case. It's disturbing. It was gruesome." (Via KTXL)

KTXL reports a woman claiming to be a relative said it was all an accident, and Cooper is not a monster. Neighbors in the area say they are shocked by the news.

"It's terrible. It's terrible. I'm literally heartbroken. I can't believe it."

"He was very respectful, he was on a very good track, an apprentice in I believe an electrician program." (Via KXTV)

The infant is said to be in stable condition and has now been placed in the custody of child services.