In his most recent statement, 35-year-old Brock Hyde of Nunda says he was playing with his son and squeezed him too hard, breaking the baby's ribs. As for the fractured skull and the other injuries, Hyde says he accidentally dropped his son.
The Nunda father accused of fracturing his two-month-old son's skull pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of assault and reckless assault of a child.
News10NBC obtained court documents that show 35-year-old Brock Hyde admitted to state police that he had accidentally injured his two-month-old baby sometime between late November and early December. Court paperwork also shows Hyde has changed his story from the first time he was questioned by the Nunda Police Department.
In his most recent statement, Hyde says he was playing with his son and squeezed him too hard, breaking the baby's ribs. As for the fractured skull and the other injuries, Hyde says he accidentally dropped his son.
In his statement, Hyde claims his wife, the baby’s mother, took the baby to the doctor when she noticed something was wrong with him, but prosecutors say the injuries the baby had did not quite add up with that statement.
“The grand jury heard some medical evidence pertaining to this case that will be sufficient to show these are horrific injuries," Livingston County District Attorney Gregory McCaffrey said. "A skull fracture in an 11-week-old child, broken ribs... I don’t think a lot of times when you squeeze someone’s rib cage is going to cause that kind of horrific injury."
McCaffrey declined to answer when News10NBC asked him if the child's mother would be facing any charges.
Hyde's attorney also declined to comment on behalf of his client.
The baby is currently recovering in foster care.
Hyde, a three-time convicted felon, will remain in jail on $100,000 cash and $200,000 bond. He’s due back in court March 20.