Babysitter arrested after Tenn. toddler suffers severe injuries

Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 11:02 AM EDT
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Police in Memphis have arrested a man after they say a two-year-old boy he was watching was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries.

Officials responded to the 3400 block of Kings Arms Road on Wednesday evening and found a little boy unresponsive and not breathing. An ambulance took the child to a local hospitals while officers talked to the man, identified as Alan Johnson.

Johnson told police he was throwing the boy into the air and then catching him for fun. He said the boy slipped on the last throw and he grabbed him by the ankle and swung him around to keep him from hitting the ground.

When he made the movement, Johnson said the boy's head snapped back, and he became unresponsive.

According to CBS affiliate WREG, doctors said the two-year-old's injuries contradicted Johnson's story. The boy had a skull fracture, swelling of the brain, injuries to his liver and kidneys, stomach bruising, front and back rib fractures and rectal bleeding.

Johnson was taken into custody and charged with aggravated child abuse.

As of Thursday morning, no update had been given on the child's condition.