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– A 3-month-old boy arrived June 3 at a hospital with a bloody nose, swollen eyes and bruises to his face, but the extent of his injuries was far more horrific.

Hospital staff and doctors discovered retinal damage so severe the baby might be blind and two brain hemorrhages that could lead to permanent developmental disabilities.

The baby’s father is accused of causing the injuries after he gave conflicting reports on how the infant was hurt, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday.

When police interviewed Andrei J. Blakesley, 24, about how the boy was injured so badly, he first said he got out of the shower and discovered the baby had bruises, a puffy lip and a bloody nose, according to the report.

Rather than tend to the child’s injuries, Blakesley, of the 8400 block of Bridgeway Drive, said he played video games until his fiancée, the baby’s mother, returned from work a couple of hours later, the affidavit said.

The mother told police she did not notice any bruises on her son’s face until later in the day, which conflicted with Blakesley’s version of when he saw the injuries.

Blakesley eventually told police he dropped the infant on the floor when he tripped over his 20-month-old son, but then said he tried to drop the baby on the sofa after tripping over the other child.

Blakesley said the younger child might have hit a hard part of the sofa during the drop.

A doctor at Lutheran Hospital told police the injuries were inconsistent with that story. The doctor went on to the say the injuries to the boy’s eyes could leave him blind or partly blind.

The baby will also likely have severe developmental issues, such as cerebral palsy, but the extent of the damage may not be known for several years, according to the affidavit.

One of the brain hemorrhages was 3 weeks old and, along with the other injuries, indicated a pattern of abuse consistent with shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma, the doctor told police.

When detectives arrested Blakesley on Wednesday to question him further, he said his mother hired an attorney for him and he was not to speak to police.

Blakesley was jailed on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury to a victim less than 14 years old. Both are felonies.

He was released after posting $10,000 bail.

cmeyers@jg.net

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