TYLER, Texas — A Tyler man who evaded arrest for roughly eight months is accused of striking his infant in the head with his fist and causing skull fractures, while fighting with the child's mother, according to arrest documents.
Lasabien Ford, 26, was arrested Saturday on multiple charges, including his original charge of injury to child for an incident that occurred April 21, 2022.
An arrest affidavit shows the mother of the infant had taken the child to Ford's home while she went to a job interview. When she returned to the home, Ford became angry that she was leaving, saying "why you leavin'?" and "you're taking my (child) away."
The woman told police when picked the baby up, Ford slapped her on the face with an open hand and pushed her down onto the bed while holding the child, the affidavit said.
According to the document, Ford started striking the mother of his child with closed fists and choked her to the point to where she couldn't breathe. She tried to fight him off by kicking, but Ford kept swinging at her.
During this time, he struck the infant in the head, which caused the baby to start screaming. Ford also bit the woman on the arm and leg while she was holding their child the entire time, the affidavit said.
She yelled at Ford that she was going to call the police and he stopped and walked away, which allowed her to get away, the document explained.
Once taken to a Tyler hospital, the infant was diagnosed with a skull fracture upon further examination. The child had to be taken to a children's hospital in Dallas for treatment.
According to Smith County Jail records, Ford is jailed on bonds totaling to $1.67 million.
Additional charges include: assault on family/household member, assault on public servant, obstruction or retaliation, possession of a penalty group three controlled substance under 28 grams, failure to identify fugitive, evading arrest detention and parole violation.