Judge doubles bail for Smithfield man charged with abusing infant

tmdonald@newsobserver.comJanuary 3, 2014 

— District Court Judge Mary Wells on Monday doubled the bail for a Smithfield man charged with felony child abuse after police found his newborn baby unconscious in his home.

Jonathan Michael Jones, 22, of 507 Caswell St., had been held under a $200,000 bond since Saturday, when he was charged with one count of intentional child abuse, inflicting serious injury, according to a statement by the Smithfield Police Department.

But during Johnson’s first court appearance Monday, Wells increased the accused father’s bail to $400,000, according to Pam Ross, a clerk in the Johnston County Clerk of Court’s office.

On Dec. 27, police were dispatched to the Caswell Street home after reports of an unresponsive baby.

Officers went inside and found the 2-month-old child was not breathing. The officers reported that they saw no visible injuries on the infant.

The officers performed lifesaving measures until paramedics with Johnston County Medical Services arrived. They transported the infant to a hospital.

The child was in critical condition in an intensive care unit, according to a police statement.

Police contacted the Johnston County Department of Social Services, which is assisting with the investigation.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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