SMYRNA, Ga. – Police have arrested and charged a lieutenant with the city of Atlanta Fire Department with child abuse.
Authorities arrested Ahmard Wright for first-degree cruelty to a child related to his infant son's severe injuries.
According to Sgt. Louis Defense with Smyrna Police, Scottish Rite Hospital contacted them about a month ago on March 4 for an infant child abuse report. Defense said the 2-month-old child was brought in for medical treatment for non-accidental traumatic brain injuries.
According to warrants, the infant's parents told doctors the child had been vomiting every day since Feb. 28. When doctors questioned the Wright about what was happening, he told them he had been watching the child and two others while his wife was running errands, when the infant's head hit a plastic infant bath tub while bathing him.
However, doctors said the injuries were much more significant than could be caused from "the trivial trauma that said accused had discribed."
Investigators eventually found enough evidence to secure a warrant for Wright and charged him, Tuesday, with first-degree cruelty to a child, which is a felony. He was later released after posting bond for $20,000.
Atlanta Fire confirmed Wright is a lieutenant and has been placed on administrative leave by the office of professional standards. He has been with the department for eight years.
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