Man charged with attempting to kill infant

COSTA MESA — A 24-year-old man was allegedly caught on video attempting to kill his 2-month-old son by shaking, punching and swinging him by the neck with a blanket, authorities said.

Joshua Allen Robey, who was living in a Costa Mesa motel, was charged with felony attempted murder, torture and child abuse with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child younger than 5

If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

Robey was expected to be arraigned Friday. The Orange County district attorney planned to ask that he be held on a $1 million bond.

Robey, according to prosecutors, was baby sitting his son Tuesday in the Anaheim home of his girlfriend and her mother.

The defendant didn't realize his girlfriend had set up a hidden camera because she believed he was cheating on her.

Robey was allegedly caught on video wrapping a blanket around his son's neck like a noose and then swinging the infant around by the blanket for more than a minute.

The father allegedly put the baby back down to punch him in the chest, slap him, shake him in the air and grab the baby by the throat.

The baby is in the hospital, and the extent of his injuries are unknown.

—Britney Barnes

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