QUEENS, N.Y. (WPIX)—A queens father faces 15 years behind bars, accused of brutally biting and beating his 13-week-old daughter.
Juan Gomez, 23, of Ozone Park was expected to be arraigned Saturday on charges of first- and second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors allege Gomez -- who looked after his daughter, Hailey Gomez, while her mother worked -- became frustrated when the baby would not stop crying. He then allegedly bit her on the right leg, leaving a bite mark.
It's further alleged that Gomez bathed the baby to conceal the bite mark.
Sources tell PIX News Gomez is also accused of head butting the baby, and grabbing her by the feet and ankles and pushing her legs back until the feet and ankles were bent back onto her chest.
The infant was taken to Schneider Children's Hospital last week with bruises to her chest and eye, a healing fracture in her foot, a fractured ankle, a healing fractured to the lower leg, a bite mark to the right leg, seventeen fractured ribs (sixteen of which were healing), a lacerated liver and difficulty breathing due to a disruption to the lining of the lung.
"The extent of the physical injuries that this innocent and helpless child suffered in just the first few weeks of her life is beyond comprehension," said District Attorney Brown. "That they were allegedly committed by her father boggles the mind. This case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The investigation was conducted by the New York City Police Department's Queens Special Victims Squad.