Dad arrested, admits to assaulting 3-week-old son rushed to ICU with broken bones: sheriff

Published: Oct. 11, 2022 at 5:29 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2022 at 5:55 AM EDT
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BATAVIA, Ohio (WXIX) - A 3-week-old Clermont County infant is hospitalized with multiple broken bones and traumatic injuries - and his father admits he is to blame, according to the sheriff’s office.

Cameron Rush, 23, of Batavia, is on a $500,000 bond at the Clermont County Jail on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering, jail records show.

Prosecutors said Rush admitted to detectives that he injured his son because the baby was crying too much.

Clermont County Sherriff Steve Leahy said the newborn was injured on or before Oct. 5 at the apartment where he resides on Lucy Run Road in Batavia Township.

The infant had significant leg swelling on Oct. 6, which prompted EMS to transport him to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Hospital staff determined after examining the newborn that he had several fractures to the head, ribs, arms and legs. The baby was immediately admitted to intensive care.

Physicians determined the injuries were “non-accidental trauma related.”

Clermont County Children’s Protective Services notified the sheriff’s office that afternoon.

Sheriff’s detectives interviewed the parents at the hospital and then executed a search warrant on the apartment.

Rush admitted to the alleged assault and was taken into custody at the hospital without incident.

There was no immediate word Tuesday of the baby’s current condition or if he is still hospitalized.

The investigation is ongoing and the prosecutor’s office said they are pursuing more charges, including attempted murder.

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