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Louisville father arrested for criminal abuse; infant not expected to survive

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Juan Lopez Rosales (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Juan Lopez Rosales (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a Louisville father has been charged with criminal abuse after he waited days before getting proper medical treatment for his infant child, despite the fact that his child had suffered a skull fracture.

Now, police say the child is fighting for his life -- and he's not expected to survive.

According to an arrest report, Juan Alejandro Lopez Rosales, along with the child's mother, brought the infant to the Norton Immediate Care Center with life-threatening injuries on June 29. He was immediately taken to Kosair Children's Hospital in "full arrest."

Police say the hospital staff told them the child suffered a skull fracture and is not expected to survive his injuries.

At first, Rosales gave no explanation for the injuries, telling officers that he found the child on the sofa shaking with his eyes rolled into the back of his head.

But police say he later admitted that days earlier -- on June 24 -- he struck the child's head against the bathtub while bathing him.

The child then began showing signs of distress -- including decreased appetite, excessive crying and lethargy -- according to police, but instead of getting proper medical care, Rosales chose not to tell anyone about the injury, including the child's mother.

Police say on June 26 and 27, Rosales took the child to various locations to receive medical treatment, but stopped doing so because those facilities "asked too many questions" or were "too far away." Rosales also allegedly told police that he tried to provide medical care on his own.

Rosales was arrested on Monday morning and charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

The Louisville Metro Police Homicide Unit is still investigating. Police say the child is not expected to survive.

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