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January 4, 2013
A severe case of child abuse lands a father in jail.
Detectives say the man admitted to violently shaking his seven month old baby at least three times.
Authorities are learning more about what they believe happened inside this Chapmansboro home.
26 year old Wesley Eric Scott was caring for his newborn son, and allegedly injuring the baby so severely he nearly died.
"I've been in law enforcement going on 19 years, and this is probably the worst one I've had the case on, or ever seen," says Sgt. Travis Walker with the Cheatham Co. Sheriff's Dept.
The case began last week when Scott rushed his son to Gateway Medical Center. It wasn't long before suspicions grew.
Detectives say the medical staff at Gateway Medical Center first noticed the baby's injuries and called 911 to report a possible crime.
X-rays were done on the child which allegedly revealed numerous injuries.
"The infant had 24 rib fractures and also the scan showed he had two injuries to the skull," says Sgt. Walker.
Cheatham County Sgt. Travis Walker says Scott confessed to shaking the baby three times...squeezing his ribs, and snapping his head.
"He was tired, aggravated, trying to get some sleep, trying to work six days a week," says Sgt. Walker.
We spoke with the baby's maternal grandmother.
She didn't want to go on camera, but tells us the baby is improving and is now listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital.
While it is hoped he will recover, he still faces the possibility of brain damage.
Wesley Eric Scott is now in jail on a $500,000 bond.
Meanwhile, Detective Sgt. Travis Walker continues to develop evidence against the father of the little boy.
"I just can't fathom how bad it is for that child, and to be only seven weeks old," says Sgt. Walker.
The baby's mother has not been charged in this case, but the boy is now in state custody as he recovers at Vanderbilt.
Wesley Eric Scott will be in court next week.
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Friday, January 4 2013, 10:13 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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