PD: Chino Valley baby suffers 'extreme abuse' by 26-year-old uncle

CHINO VALLEY, AZ - A 4-month-old Chino Valley baby is recovering at Phoenix Children's Hospital after "extreme abuse" caused by his uncle.

According to Chino Valley Police, officers were contacted Thursday afternoon by Yavapai Regional Medical Center officials who were treating the child for injuries believed to be from more than one incident. 

Police say the child's injuries on Thursday were consistent with being smothered, choked and shaken. The child lost consciousness and appeared to have a seizure. 

Officials say the child suffered multiple brain bleeds, both old and new, and was taken by helicopter for further treatment at Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

Interviews were conducted with the baby's mother, who said she works during the day to support her child, her brother and herself. She said during the day, her brother, 26-year-old Taylor Marrs, cares for the child. 

Detectives interviewed Marrs and he initially denied harming the baby. He later admitted to causing injuries to the child on multiple occasions, including striking the baby, shoving bottles in his mouth, choking, smothering and shaking him. 

Marrs was booked into jail on one count of child abuse and six counts of aggravated assault. 

Right now, the child is in stable condition in Phoenix. 

 

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