LAWTON, Okla. - A child abuse case in Lawton has left a two-year-old boy with bleeding in his brain, two swollen eyes, and bruising on his back and legs.
Lawton Police say the child was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital Tuesday. He is now is state custody. Police say a suspect has been arrested in the case and is behind bars, Wednesday night, awaiting charges.
The toddler's family, including his dad and grandmother, were in Comanche County Court Wednesday. They are trying to get custody of the boy.
"Social Services called me, he had already been admitted to the hospital and taken from Lawton to Oklahoma City," said the child's father, Christopher Holder.
That is how Holder found out his son was fighting for his life. He immediately drove up to Oklahoma City, searching for answers from the doctors.
"They've told me that he has blunt force trauma to the head and two huge black eyes, both his eyes were almost swollen shut, he's got blood in the whites of his eyes, he's got a hemorrhage on his left side, a fracture of his skull, with bleeding," said Holder.
Holder says his son is under constant supervision.
"They've stabilized him and he is doing better his swelling is actually going down and everything, but its just he's got other bruises and marks that this has been going on for a while."
That is why he is at the courthouse, fighting to get custody of him.
"As it is in Oklahoma, we don't have parental rights. Right now all we can do is hopefully we get him with us so he'll be in a better home."
Meanwhile Holder will be with his son at the hospital trying to come to terms with how this could have happened.
"He has abrasions on his face like he was actually not only hit, but stomped while he has on the ground. So he's 2 1/2 years old, you know, we have a 9 week old too, he should of been with us, he shouldn't have been with his mom in that situation."
The next hearing in the custody case is set for Oct. 15. During that week, the boy will not be released from the hospital. Holder says a state social worker or nurse will be in his room at all times.