Chico father charged in severe beating of 5-month-old son

Apr 9, 2015 2:48 PM by News Staff

A 26-year-old Chico man is facing felony child abuse charges for allegedly beating his 5-month-old son.

David Bassett, 26, of Chico was booked into the Butte County Jail Thursday for the alleged abuse after an extensive investigation by Chico police.

Child Protective Services called police when Bassett's son was brought to Enloe March 24th with serious injuries. Hospital staff diagnosed the boy with brain swelling, and he was transferred to the UC Davis Pediatric Care Center for further treatment.

Investigators determined the child's parents were not living together and that the injuries, caused by blunt force trauma, occurred while the baby was in the father's care.

The baby is now out of the hospital, in the custody of his maternal grandparents. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Bassett is being held on $50,000 bail.

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