SMH… Another day another bad dad.
A Harlem newborn has been robbed of his sight after enduring a fall that broke his skull and ribs. Despite being only 6-weeks-old, his father didn’t seek medical attention for him until his cries became too persistant to bear.
Via NYDailyNews reports:
Recco Dudley, 26, told investigators he dropped his 6-week-old son, Royalty, after taking him out of a bath inside his Harlem River Drive apartment on Dec. 1, prosecutors said.
Royalty’s head struck the crib and became wedged between the crib and the bed, court records show.
Dudley, a deejay and rapper for the group “The Gents,” picked up his child but didn’t seek medical attention, cops said.
Three days later, he took his injured child to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors said Royalty was suffering from a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain, three fractured ribs and retinal hemorrhaging — an injury that left the boy permanently blind, according to court records.
The newborn is still at Columbia Presbyterian, family members told the Daily News. Dudley took his child to the hospital because Royalty was constantly crying, although no one knew why, they said.
Police charged Dudley with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child Thursday. He was held on $50,000 bail Friday. His attorney couldn’t be reached.
Dudley’s family said the father of two would never hurt his child. Cousin Roger Rawson said he was stunned by the allegations.
“This is all based on a statement that he made that maybe he dropped the baby,” said Rawson, holding up a picture of Dudley and Royalty taken at the hospital two weeks ago. “Why would they let him hold and kiss his child if he had done this?”
We can understand that this guy had good intentions, but a baby that small is fragile and most parents would have likely taken the kid DIRECTLY to the hospital after a drop. Let this be a lesson to those folks who might not know better. Wet babies are slippery, hold them tight, dry them carefully and do your best to not drop them — but if you do PLEASE seek medical attention because the longer you wait the worse the potential for injuries become.