Prosecutor: Dad threw 6-week-old infant 9 feet

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket father is facing charges, accused of abusing his 6-week-old child.

Richard Lord, 36, of Orth Street, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on two charges of first-degree child abuse.

Pawtucket police said officers were called to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Wednesday around 5 a.m. after an infant brought to the facility had injuries indicating a case of possible child abuse.

After investigating, police said they arrested the infant’s father, Richard Lord, 36, of Orth Street.

According to prosecutors, Lord – after changing his story several times – admitted to throwing the baby nine feet into a table.

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Richard Lord (Photo: Pawtucket Police Dept.)

Prosecutors said the injuries included bruising on the right side of the baby’s abdomen, circular bruises to his back, swelling to his quads, and a right skull fracture. In addition, they said the child’s liver enzymes were elevated, indicating injury to internal organs.

Police said the child’s injuries were not considered life-threatening and he is expected to survive.

Pawtucket Police Det. Sgt. Paul Brandley couldn’t comment on the active investigation, but did confirm that Lord has not been charged with abuse in the past.

Prosecutors said the infant’s mother wasn’t there during the alleged abuse and isn’t currently facing any charges, but “that doesn’t mean she won’t be charged.”

The family’s downstairs neighbor said he’s never seen anything that seemed like child abuse and was horrified to hear what happened.

“I thought I woke up to a nightmare,” said Felipe Romero. “Because he never seemed like a bad guy.”

Romero said he wished he had known if there was a problem so he could’ve helped.

“I could babysit,” he said. “Anyone in the house could’ve looked after the baby if it was too much.”

Lord was held on $50,000 surety bail and ordered to have no contact with the infant. He’s due back in court April 27.

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