GLENDALE, AZ - A 19-year-old man is facing multiple counts of child abuse after he allegedly squeezed and hit his 2-month-old son to stop him from crying, according to police records.
Police records state that Mario Luis Portillo was arrested Monday, August 11, after his 2-month-old son was taken to Arrowhead Hospital because he was throwing up blood and not eating.
Doctors at the hospital observed bruises to the child's face and legs and transported him to Phoenix Children's Hospital, according to police records. Local authorities were contacted.
Portillo told authorities that around Aug. 4, he was watching the two-month-old son and 1-year-old daughter while the mother was out of the home.
He reportedly told police that he put the 2-month-old on the bed and began squeezing him around the rib cage, and then hit him across the face with a partially closed fist in an attempt to get the child to stop crying, according to police records. He also told police he hit the child in the legs.
The father original told police the child was injured after a babysitter dropped him in the bathtub.
Documents state that the child possibly suffered multiple fractures. The mother was reportedly aware of the incident, but was convinced by the father to not contact police, according to police documents.
Portillo was booked on four counts of child abuse with intent, and four counts of aggravated assault on a minor. Both are considered class 2 felonies.
No other details were released.