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Father charged with breaking boy's arms, fracturing his ribs

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local father is charged with a horrifying crime against his own son who is only three months old.

The father of the child allegedly admitted to being frustrated with him and says the injuries happened when he was trying to calm him down.

Late Friday evening Jackson County prosecutors charged 20-year-old Christopher Paul with three counts of child abuse or neglect after investigators say he severely injured his 12-week-old son. It reportedly happened Thursday in a house on East 48th Street.

Andrea Pavey lives next door and the mother to 8-month-old Riley said she struggles to understand how this could have happened.

"The only thing I can think of is loss of temper, but still I can't even, can't even believe," Pavey said.

Court documents said family members took the boy to Children's Mercy Hospital where doctors found bruises on the boy's arm, multiple broken bones in various stages of healing and fractures to ribs on both sides of his body.

Investigators say Paul admitted to intentionally hurting his son, pulling his arm too hard and squeezing him. He said he was trying to calm him down. He even described himself as a bad parent and also asked for parenting classes.

"It's very easy to kind of see that people could be ill-prepared to bring a baby home," Mark McGonigle.

McGonigle said the pressures of parenthood is no excuse to lash out at a child.

"Take some breaths, do something that's calming, dribble a basketball, do something that helps you calm down because if you stay in that state and you stay engaged with the stressor, it's unpredictable," he said.

Pavey also offered advice on calming down.

"Walk away from the situation, put the baby in the crib and walk away. This shouldn't happen," she said.

The mother of the child was not charged. According to court documents, she was the first to notice the bruises and she was out of the house when it happened.

Currently it's unclear if the state has taken the custody of the child.

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