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Aug 20, 2010 10:57 PM by Bea Karnes, Andy Koen

UPDATED: Soldier arrested; baby lost 3 pounds in 60 days

The Fort Carson soldier accused of starving his 8 month old baby boy admitted to detectives that he probably should have taken the child to the hospital sooner.  Trevor Williams, 22 is in jail facing a felony child abuse charge and is being held on $25,000 bond at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

According to his arrest affidavit, Williams was taking care of the infant and his two other young children, ages 3 and 4, by himself for a period of 18 days in July and early August the children's mother was in jail.

The baby was taken to Evans Army Hospital on August 3 and then transferred to Memorial Hospital for Children the following day.

Doctors at Memorial described him as being severely malnourished. They say he had lost nearly 30 percent of his body weight, that his skin was loose and slack and that his ribs and shoulder bone were visible.

Weight records included in the affidavit suggest the baby lost as much as three pounds in between check ups on June 3 and August 3.

On August 6, Williams told Detective Fred Walker of the Crimes Against Children Unit that he had fed the baby four ounces of formula every two hours, and formula mixed with cereal 3 to 4 times a day.

However, Walker says when he searched the family's home later that day, the only baby food he found was a half empty 4 ounce jar in the refrigerator and another half empty jar in the garbage.  He said he didn't find any infant formula in the home.

The detectives also investigated a pair shopping trips that Williams had made to a local Wal-Mart on July 30, and August 2.  On each occasion Williams is seen on surveillance cameras alone and does not purchase baby food or formula.

Williams served with the 360th Transportation Company.  When detectives checked with his unit they were told that he was given the 18 days off to care for his children while his wife was in jail.

They also contacted the daycare facilities on post to see whether Williams had left the baby in their care during that time and were told he had not.

The affidavit states that prior to his arrest, the Army had been working on discharging Williams because of a history of failing to report and being absent without leave.

As of Tuesday, the baby had gain roughly two pounds.  However, his doctors say he has delay motor skills and they fear he may have other developmental delays.  He was last reported to be in fair condition.

The mother was apparently in jail as the result of a domestic violence charge.  She allegedly damaged Mr. Williams' car after she suspected he had cheated on her.

According to the affidavit, Jasmine Williams was apparently not able to bond out of jail until August 3.  When she arrived home and saw the condition of the child, he was taken to the hospital. 

Mrs. Williams indicated to detectives that she is the one who usually feeds, cleans, changes and shops for the child.

----------UPDATED----------

A seven month old baby boy described as emaciated in recovering at Memorial Hospital, while police have arrested Trevor Williams, accused of felony Child Abuse.

Colorado Springs Police report that the baby was admitted to the hospital more than two weeks ago, on Aug. 4. Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit began an investigation, which resulted in the arrest of Williams Thursday, Aug. 19.

News First 5 will have more on this case at 5,6, and 10 pm.

 

 

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