Father Accused of Biting Off Son's Nose Pleads Not Guilty - NBC4 Washington
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Father Accused of Biting Off Son's Nose Pleads Not Guilty

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    The Real Truth About Organ Donation
    File photo of Joshua Cooper, 18, who was arrested on suspicion of biting off his child's nose.

    A Fairfield man accused of biting off his baby son's nose has pleaded not guilty.

    Solano County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Monica Martinez said Monday afternoon that 18-year-old Joshua Cooper pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and aggravated mayhem.

    The child-abuse charge carries a penalty of up to 12 years, and the aggravated mayhem charge carries a potential penalty of life in prison.

    Martinez said Cooper is being held on $750,000 bail.

    Police on Thursday found the month-old boy bleeding from the face in his family's apartment.

    He was listed in stable condition at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland on Monday. Doctors said he suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage and that one-third of his nose had been severed.

    He was in the custody of Solano County Child Welfare Services.