Baby hospitalized with cracked skull

A 23-year-old Missoula man appeared Monday in Justice Court to face charges that he seriously injured his newborn son.

Jeffrey Daniel Seitzinger was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly causing serious bodily harm to his son during the first four weeks of his life. Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set bail for Seitzinger, who was arrested during the weekend, at $15,000.

Missoula County Sheriff's investigators believe Seitzinger caused several injuries to his son between his birth on Feb. 8 and the time his injuries were reported by staff at Community Medical Center on March 5.

Court documents state that the baby, who was not identified, was taken to St. Patrick Hospital on March 5 by Seitzinger and his mother, Tanya MacAndrew. The baby was then transported to Community Medical Center where doctors in the pediatric unit examined the infant and diagnosed that he had suffered several injuries over a period of time.

The most serious injury was a fractured skull, which doctors believe occurred earlier that day. Doctors also noticed bruises on the baby's right eye and chin, a scrape on the end of his nose and redness in his eyes.

Seitzinger, who authorities say took care of the baby while MacAndrew worked, said nothing about the injuries until MacAndrew noticed a swelling on the side of the infant's head on March 5 while eating at McDonald's. When the baby was brought to the emergency room, court documents say that Seitzinger did not offer any reasons about how the injuries occurred.

However, the next day, Seitzinger reportedly told Sheriff's Lt. Rich Maricelli that he had been changing the baby's diaper in a sitting position, holding the baby by one arm when the infant "somersaulted" onto a coffee table and struck his head. Seitzinger said he did not mention the incident because he did not believe the baby was injured.

Court documents state that doctors at Community Medical Center said the injuries were the result of child abuse and that "there is no obvious stated explanation for this child to be in this condition."

The baby has since been discharged from hospital and now is in the care of foster parents, according to court documents.

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