Police: Rogers Man Pummeled Infant Daughter

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Rogers police arrested a man after he hospitalized his infant daughter because he couldn't get her to stop crying, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Shawn Charles Tabor, 27, was arrested Friday (July 7) in connection with first-degree and second-degree domestic battery.

The 2-month-old was being treated for a skull fracture and bleeding in her brain at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., according to the affidavit.

As of Thursday, the child was released from the hospital, but one of her legs was also broken in three places, according to the onsite manager of the apartment complex wheere the family lived. The child was taken into DHS custody.

Tabor told police he was watching his daughter on July 1 when he became agitated with her crying. Tabor said he threw her six to 10 feet onto  a couch, but wasn't sure if she collided with the couch's wooden frame because he "left the room before she landed," according to the affidavit.

After walking way to calm himself, Tabor returned and strapped the girl to a child's seat. She continued to cry so Tabor jerked her out of the seat and swung her over another part of the couch, according to the affidavit.

The girl initially was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Rogers on July 4 because she was "continually fussy," according to her mother. The mother said she didn't notice swelling on her daughter's head until arriving at the emergency room.

A doctor who examined the child noted a possible history of child abuse due to several healing fractures in the girl's legs, according to the affidavit. Tabor said those injuries could've occurred in the past when his daughter rolled off the couch while he was outside smoking.

Tabor was being held Tuesday (July 11) at the Benton County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He has a hearing set for Aug. 14 in Benton County Circuit Court.