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COURT DOCS: Father of 3-month-old says he ‘lost it’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Newly released court documents reveal more details surrounding the abuse of a 3-month-old child last week.

According to a probable cause affidavit, investigators were notified by the Department of Child Services on June 28 about a possible abuse case after a child was brought to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The child’s mother told investigators she came home from work and said her child was “fussy.” She then gave the child a bath and he slipped out of his seat. She told investigators she decided to take him to the hospital the next morning because he didn’t sleep much and cried through the night. She said she thought he may have hurt his head when falling in the tub.

The interview with the father, Tristan Frayer, revealed a different chain of events . According to police, Frayer said he was watching his son on June 27 and got annoyed with how fussy the child was getting. Frayer told investigators he left his son alone to mow the yard and when he came back inside the child was still fussy.

He said he then took the child to the bedroom and tried to feed him but couldn’t get him to calm down. Frayer told police he took a shower and afterwards the child was still fussy. According to police, Frayer said that is when he “lost it” and grabbed his son by the chest and squeezed him. He said he had his son above his head and threw him onto the bed. Frayer said he then started squeezing his son’s head with both hands.

He said his son would not stop crying, so he went to play video games for 3 hours to “cool off.”

Police arrested Frayer the morning of June 28. He is facing one charge of aggravated battery and one count of neglect resulting in serious bodily injury. His son was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital to be treated for a skull fracture and broken ribs.

Frayer is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Ian Hoover

Ian Hoover is the Content Manager of Fort Wayne’s NBC and ABC21. His focus is managerial oversight of content including working with reporters on elements for their stories and with producers for deeper content in newscasts; long-range planning and content development; editorial meeting oversight; and special projects management.

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