HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- “He was super excited to be a new dad. [He] talked about it all the time,” neighbor Michael Monosmith said.

The new dad, Justin Owens of Radcliff, is charged with assault in the first degree for beating his one-month-old son, causing brain damage and a fractured skull.

According to police reports, the incident happened at 5 a.m. Saturday inside the Parkside Manor Mobile Home Park.

“I heard some commotion going on and saw them all getting into their vehicle pretty quick and then they left,” Michael Monosmith said.

Owens "initially reported that he'd gotten up from his bed... to feed his month old infant son...and that he'd tripped while carrying him to the bathroom and that [the baby] slipped from his arms, his head striking the door.”

“So sad, so horrified,” neighbor, Carole Monosmith said.

The police report continues, "Owens would eventually admit during the interview that he'd lost his temper and deliberately struck the infant in his head and that he'd placed his open hand over the child's face to keep him from crying / screaming."

“A sweet, cute little baby,” Carole Monosmith said.

Neighbors describe the baby as a “good looking little boy. [He’s} the perfect height and the perfect weight for an infant.”

“I couldn't wait to see him when he was born. He brought him over to me and let me hold him,” Carole Monosmith said.

The little baby was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and transferred to Kosair Children's Hospital where he's still receiving care.

“I hope everybody is praying real hard for this little guy that his injuries are something that's not causing long lasting problems. That he pulls through and does okay,” Carole Monosmith said.

WDRB reached out to Owens, but he declined to comment. Bond is set for $25,000. Owens will appear in court on Monday. 

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