A Dallas man faces felony assault charges after punching a firefighter and assaulting a nurse who were trying to save the life of his one-year-old son. The son, whose name has not been released, suffered from an undisclosed medical condition and trouble breathing. The child, who lived on Preakness Lane in West Oak Cliff, was under 24-hour nursing care, police said.
At around 8:15 a.m. Saturday, the child began struggling with his breathing. The nurse on duty, Lisa Decatur, tried to help, police said, but was assaulted by the father. Decatur then called 911 and two firefighters responded to the scene.
One firefighter, Michael Barrett, attempted to intervene, but was punched in the face by the father and knocked unconscious. The other firefighter radioed for help and police soon responded. The father was then handcuffed, allowing rescuers to perform CPR on the child.
The child was then rushed to Methodist Central Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It is not immediately clear what caused the father to fight off the people trying to help his son. The case is being investigated by child abuse detectives, police said.
In the meantime, the father will be charged with assault and aggravated assault of a public servant. His case is currently being processed, police said, and he will soon be booked into the Dallas County Jail.
Arellano remains in a Dallas County jail.
He was previously arrested in 2003 for burglary of a vehicle and evading arrest, but those charges were later dismissed.
The injured firefighter was treated for his wounds and has been released from the hospital.
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Written by Julie Fancher