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AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE: Col. City native charged

June 16, 2014

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A Columbia City native was indicted and recently arraigned in Tennessee on allegations that he abused his one-month-old child.
Jonathan Salyer, 22, who now resides in Clarksville, Tenn., was accused of causing his newborn child significant head trauma, acute subdural hematomas and retinal hemorrhages, according to his May indictment.
He was indicted by the Montgomery County grand jury last month on accusations of abuse occurring Jan. 2.
According to Tennessee police who responded to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the baby had a skull fracture with brain swelling, the arrest warrant states.

On Jan. 16, court documents stated Salyer told the Department of Child Services that he injured the infant after bouncing the baby with force, causing it to fall and hit the back of its head on a hardwood floor.

Salyer allegedly told his wife after the fact that he thought he had killed the child, before it started crying. Court documents state he put the baby in its crib and left the room.

The mother, Brenda Salyer, also a Columbia City native, knew something was wrong with the infant on Jan. 3, the day after the incident, and took the baby to the doctor, thinking she had a cold that had worsened, the warrant stated.

On Jan. 4 the baby’s condition worsened, and after being taken to the emergency room, the injuries were discovered.

Police say Jonathan Salyer initially said the infant had been left alone and accidentally fell off a footstool on Jan. 2 while in his care.

Court documents state his story changed several times before he was charged.

Salyer was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and held on a $150,000 bond. He later bonded out and was arraigned June 4.

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