FORT COLLINS. Colo. - A babysitter is going on trial in January, accused of violently throwing a 7-month-old in his care after the infant crawled toward his Play Station and pulled one of the cables.
According to the court records, the injuries sustained by the baby are so severe, he will “likely never see, hear or have purposeful movement.”
Caleb Collins, 24, has been charged with attempted murder and child abuse causing serious bodily injury in connection to the June 30 incident.
Collins’ case has been covered by the Coloradoan before. But the arrest affidavit in this case has been previously unavailable and has just been obtained by 9Wants To Know.
According to that court document, Collins called 911 on June 30 saying the baby in his care “fell from his arms and was not conscious or responsive.”
The 7-month-old was flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado. The name of the victim has been redacted from court documents because he is a minor.
Collins told police he was babysitting the baby that morning. He was also in the process of packing up the apartment he shares with his wife. Collins was watching the baby from 7:30 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Collins told police the boy was teething and running a fever. According to court documents, Collins originally told police he knelt down to pick up a box of DVD’s, fumbled with it and the boy slipped out of his arms.
“Caleb said he felt awful for being responsible for hurting [name redacted],” the affidavit said.
When confronted by detectives with evidence of the baby’s severe head trauma, Collins told detectives the boy was crawling towards his Play Station 4 and pulled one of the cables. Collins he said he palmed the boy’s face and “forcibly threw [name redacted] behind him. He said [the baby] almost did a backflip and broke his fall with his head.”
Collins pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. If convicted, he could face 16 to 90 years in prison.
Collins has no other criminal record in Colorado.