STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A Statesville father is behind bars, accused of abusing his 2-month-old infant.
Last Thursday, detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office were called to Iredell Memorial Hospital to investigate after a 2-month-old child was brought in with a subdural bleed, a collection of blood outside the brain.
The Sheriff's Office says the child was also in respiratory distress.
The infant was transferred via helicopter to Levine's Children's Hospital in Charlotte for treatment, where it was then discovered the child suffered a subdural hematoma and extensive bilateral retinal hemorrhages, which, according to Wikipedia, is a bleeding that occurs into the retensitive tissue on the back wall of the eye.
The Sheriff's Office say those diagnoses are indicators the infant was abused by being shaken.
After conducting interviews with family members, detectives arrested the child's father, Michael Dewayne Honaker, for felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury and felony infant child abuse causing serious bodily injury.
Honaker was booked in to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond.
The Sheriff's Office says the infant boy's condition has been upgraded to stable, although, his injuries are serious and will require lengthy medical treatment; they continued that it's too early to determine if the child will suffer any long-term medical conditions.