North Attleboro man charged with abusing infant son

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(WPRI) — A North Attleboro man has been arrested and charged with physically abusing his 4-month-old son.

Mark Fay, 37, was arraigned Friday afternoon on charges of assault and battery on a child resulting in substantial injury and permitting substantial injury to a child.

According to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News, the Child Abuse Pediatric Team at Hasbro Children’s Hospital contacted North Attleboro police on May 15, concerned that a patient was the victim of physical abuse.

Earlier that day, the child was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital by Fay and his wife after the boy “showed signs of his body becoming limp and eyes rolling back in his head,” the documents state.

The boy was transferred to Hasbro, where a CT scan revealed a brain injury. The doctors told police the injury was consistent with “rotational force” and is caused from trauma to the head, noting that the injury is “something that a baby cannot do to itself since a baby has no control over its neck.” 

“A violent act happened for sure,” Dr. Amy Goldberg stated.

The documents say bruises were visible on the boy’s chest and back, which doctors called “very abnormal” and “definitely inflicted.”

The doctors also told police that an eye exam revealed injuries consistent with head trauma and physical abuse. Both of the boy’s eyes had petechiae, which they said can be reflective of a “stop crying injury,” in which someone places their hand over any or all of the child’s airways.

According to the documents, Fay told the doctors that the boy had been fussy the previous few nights.

The child is currently in Hasbro’s intensive care unit.

The documents also revealed that Fay is currently on probation after being charged with physically abusing his stepson last year.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families got involved with the family after that incident, according to the court documents. Fay and his wife have two other children together, ages 2 and 4, who have been moved into the care of their grandparents. The mother also has two children from a previous marriage, who are now with their biological father, the documents state.

Fay was ordered held without bail. He’s due back in court May 31.

The incident remains under investigation.

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