Officers of the Antioch Police Department were dispatched to a Bay Area hospital where a 4-year-old boy had been transported via helicopter suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
The boy was placed into a medically induced coma while a portion of his skull was removed in order to alleviate the swelling of his brain. The boy had been in the care of his mother’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Aaron Handy, on Peppertree Way in Antioch when the injury occurred.
When the mother returned and found her child unresponsive, Handy tried to persuade her not to call 911 for him. Handy then fled her home.
The Antioch Police Department’s investigation suggests that the injury was not an accident. On Aug. 25, APD detectives located Handy at a residence in Stockton. He confessed to injuring the boy out of anger and was arrested and booked on charges of felony child abuse.
He is currently being held in Contra Costa County. The County District Attorney’s Office will review the case and make a filing decision.
Those with information regarding the case should call Detective Robert Green at 925-779-6932.
For information on law enforcement in Antioch, visit www.ci.antioch.ca.us/citygov/police.