Oakland, CA — Ta’Jon Riggins-Cooper, a 16-year old mom, is still in complete shock after her 18-year old boyfriend reportedly bit off their baby son’s nose. When police arrived, they found the one month-old boy bleeding from the face in the family’s apartment. The baby is listed in stable condition at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.
Doctors say the baby suffered a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage, and that one-third of his nose had been severed. They expect him to be in the hospital for at least 2 months.
The mother of the baby told reporters, “Waking up and seeing my baby in the hospital. It hurts. It hurts my feelings a lot. My heart is broken.” She added that she is confused, hurt, lost and wonders how his own father could hurt him.
She is planning a fundraiser on April 5th at Oakland Children’s Hospital to help with his medical expenses.
For now, though, the baby is in the custody of the local Child Welfare Services.