Judge doubles bail for Smithfield man charged with abusing infant

tmdonald@newsobserver.comDecember 31, 2013 

— Johnston County 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. in Smithfield, was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail at the Johnston County jail since Saturday, when he was charged with one count of intentional child abuse, inflicting serious injury, according to a press statement made public Monday 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 at the Johnston County Clerk of Court’s office.

Police on Friday were dispatched to the Caswell Street home following reports of an unresponsive baby.

The officers went inside and found the 2-month-old child was not breathing. The officers reported there were 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 at an intensive care unit, according to a police statement.

Police contacted the Johnston County Department of Social Services. The agency is assisting with the investigation.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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