Donnie Rowe mugshot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a 2-month-old boy is on life support after he was severely abused by his father.

Donnie Rowe, 28, was arrested Tuesday night at his home in the 4400 block of Taylor Boulevard, not far from Southern Parkway and New Cut Road.

Neighbors suspected something was wrong Friday.

"I kept seeing him running back and forth between these houses, asking neighbors for help," said Daniel Smith, who lives nearby.

And right away, the neighbors Rowe turned to for help had concerns.

"From the noise, the sound the baby was making," said Becky McNeiland, who also lives nearby. 

Tiffany Miller, another neighbor and shared the same concerns.

"It was like he had trouble breathing like he was gasping for for air," she said.

The ladies said they tried to help, but both believed the infant needed medical attention.

"When I took him, he looked up at me, grabbed my mouth," Miller said.  "Come to find out, they didn't take him to the hospital until the next morning."

And that's when LMPD detectives started asking questions.

"They come get me and Ms. Becky," Miller said. "They knocked on my door, I came outside, she said, 'Will you come downtown and talk to us?' I said, 'Yeah, I ain't got nothing to hide. Let's go.'"

Detectives then questioned Rowe. According to a police citation, Rowe admitted he "inflicted severe injuries upon his 2 month child."

The report says the child is "on life support and it is unknown if he will survive the injuries."

"I hope that baby makes it, because that's a beautiful baby," Smith said. "It's only 2 months old. It ain't had much of a life yet."

Police said the child has been receiving treatment since June 8 for "multiple skull fractures, retinal hemorrhages and several other documented injuries which are consistent with abusive head trauma."

Rowe is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree criminal abuse.

He is being held at Metro Corrections on a $100,000 bond, and he is due in court Thursday.

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