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6-month-old boy hospitalized; father accused of child abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City boy is fighting for his life tonight.

The 6-month-old baby, nicknamed Simba, is hospitalized with serious head injuries.

The boy’s 20-year-old father has been arrested for child abuse.

The father, Orlando Flores, claimed the child fell out of a baby swing and hit his head, but investigators did not buy that story and neither did the family.

“I’m lost. I’m hurt. I can’t even function today,” said a family relative Phyllis Placker.

Phyllis says the case began when the boy’s aunt showed up to the family’s home and found the boy needing help.

“I guess his eyes had rolled in his head and she said something is wrong with this baby,” said Placker.

That aunt quickly rushed the boy to a nearby fire station.

That’s when the father claimed the boy hit his head falling out of a baby swing.

When officers took the baby to Children’s Hospital, doctors had a different take.

Placker said, “When they got him to the hospital, the doctor said it was not from a swing fall.”

“It was not consistent, the injuries were not consistent, with the story the man was telling,” said Oklahoma City police Sgt. Gary Knight.

Police arrested Flores for child abuse.

Phyllis says Flores later confessed he shook his son out of frustration.

“I just don’t get it,” said Placker. “You’re told all the time don’t shake the baby, but people do it. The man obviously has problems. Thank God he’s in jail.”

The boy remains in a coma, but his family is hopeful he will recover once his brain swelling subsides.

As for the suspect, he’s being held in jail on a 10 thousand dollar bond.


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