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FORT WAYNE -- Christopher Kiesel couldn’t take it any more, according to court documents

And at some point March 16, when the 3-month-old boy continued to cry, the 5-foot-7-inch, 220-pound Kiesel is accused of throwing the infant on the floor and punching him in the stomach.

Allen County prosecutors Friday charged the 27-year-old Kiesel, of the 2900 block of Webster Street, with battery and neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury, both Class B felonies punishable by six to 20 years in prison.

He is also accused of committing the violent act in the presence of a child, the baby’s 5-year-old sister – a Class D felony battery charge punishable by up to three years.

The baby was taken first to Lutheran Hospital and then transferred to Riley Hospital for Children, where he remained in critical condition March 19 with abdominal and brain injuries, according to court documents. His condition was unavailable Friday night.

On March 20, when police interviewed Kiesel, he told them the baby was “pale, sweaty and limp” and felt like “he was gone,” according to court documents.

But he offered little by way of explanation for the baby’s condition, first saying that the “only explanation he could give was that he was rushing around putting the kids in the car to go look for his dogs that had gotten loose,” according to court documents.

The investigator asked whether the baby was in a car seat. Yes, Kiesel said.

Did he drop him? No, Kiesel said.

“I asked what he meant when he told me that this is when (the baby) got injured. (Kiesel) had no explanation for me,” the officer wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

Kiesel then said he knew what his daughter told police – that he grabbed the baby by the arm and threw it on the bed and punched it in the stomach and on the back, according to court documents.

What the little girl actually told police, however, was that Kiesel threw the baby on the floor, according to court documents.

Kiesel came home from work about 3 a.m. March 16 and played video games until 5 a.m. When Kiesel awoke at 9 a.m., the baby’s mother changed the infant’s diaper, fed him and put him back to sleep next to the bed where Kiesel was resting, according to court documents.

She left the home, leaving the children in Kiesel’s care, according to court documents.

At 10:21 a.m., Kiesel sent the baby’s mother a text message saying “still crying yay no sleep.” At 11:05 a.m., Kiesel sent another message, “three hours of crying am going to (expletive) lose it … I can’t do the crying,” according to court documents.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the baby was not taken to the hospital until 5 p.m. March 16 when his mother came home.

Doctors told investigators that the infant suffered from abusive head trauma with retinal hemorrhaging in a manner that indicated his head had struck something.

He also has a significant abdominal injury, according to court documents, that appears to have cost him some of the use of his bowels.

Kiesel has not yet been arrested, according to court records.