Newborn in hospital after assault by father, sheriff’s office says

Sheriff’s Office: Newborn hospitalized after abuse by father

EARLINGTON, Ky. (WFIE) - A Hopkins County man is accused of assaulting his child.

The sheriff’s office says they got a call from Baptist Health on Sunday about an eight-week-old child who was being treated for injuries.

According to the sheriff’s office, they determined the injuries were sustained from abuse while the child was in custody of the father, 38-year-old Herbert Harris on Saturday.

A police report says Harris picked up the child without supporting his head and, shortly after, dropped him on the couch.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Major Will Corsey tells us the mother was at work.

The child had severe injuries and because of those injuries, the child was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital.

Harris was brought in for questioning on Wednesday and arrested at the sheriff’s office for assault.

One neighbor to Harris says this is all very shocking.

“My kids go down there and play with his kids,” said Lacie Waddle, neighbor. “My daughter goes to his kids on Wednesday. I seen him around the neighborhood with the baby. He’s always really nice, really friendly. Nothing has ever happened.”

Herbert Harris, 38.
Herbert Harris, 38. (Source: Hopkins Co. Jail)

The sheriff’s office tells us they are still investigating.

As for Harris, he is being held in the Hopkins County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He will be back in court on September 20.

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