Child interrupted video game, suspect says

Edwardo Christy

A Grand Junction man told investigators he hit his son’s head against a wall after becoming frustrated with the child for crying while the man played a video game on Nov. 1.

Edwardo Christy, 20, 569 Eastbrook St., told a Mesa County sheriff’s deputy that he became angry with the boy for crying while Christy played the game “Fallout.”

Christy, who was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony child abuse, said he didn’t want to deal with the child’s crying, so he ran with him in his arms to take him to his mother. While he was running, Christy said the baby smacked its head against a wall.

“That’s when he stopped crying,” Christy said, according to an arrest affidavit.

Christy said the child was not breathing and showed no signs of life after the incident, according to the affidavit.

The child was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, then taken to Children’s Hospital in Denver, where doctors found bruising on the boy’s forehead, according to the affidavit. The child also had seizures at the hospital.

A doctor at Children’s Hospital told deputies the boy could have a moderate to severe brain injury from the incident. The doctor also said the boy’s injuries were not consistent with a fall from a couch, as the family originally said when they brought him to the hospital, according to the affidavit.

When interviewed at Children’s Hospital, Christy said he heard the baby gasp and then saw he wasn’t breathing, but did not mention the head injury.

Christy explained the child hit his head after he failed a polygraph test.


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