Teen father accused of trying to smother baby

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga police have charged a 19-year-old father with trying to kill his infant son.

Police arrested Dakota Eldridge Thursday night after he came to Erlanger Hospital with his 12-week-old baby, according to a news release from the police.

The baby had been taken to Erlanger by ambulance from Rhea County and was suffering from multiple ailments.

Hospital staff noticed the baby's heart rate dropped drastically several times when Eldridge was with him.

A hospital worker then saw Eldridge attempting to smother the baby and called police.

Police say Eldridge told them he had pinched the baby's nose and covered his mouth several times to stop his breathing.

Eldridge has been charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous Location: wartburg on Jun 3, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    ok he needs to be shot or something i have been wanting a child for the past 5 years and cant have one due to medical problems and then i see this give me the child if all your going to do is hurt them or kill them and dont worrie you will never have to see the child i will take full responsibility for the child
  • by Robin Location: knoxville on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    Somebody needs to pinch his nose and hold his mouth closed........for an extended time period, maybe with duct tape or super glue. What a sick-o


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