Newborn left in intensive care after assault
Suspect also wanted for Victorville robbery in 2012
BARSTOW • A Barstow man is due to be arraigned Tuesday on felony charges after authorities say he attacked his girlfriend and her baby last week, leaving the newborn with a depressed skull fracture.
The Barstow Police Department responded to a report of a disturbance on the 1200 block of Windy Pass at approximately 7:21 p.m. on Feb. 20, according to a Monday news release from the BPD.
Authorities believe Edwin James Jackson, 27, went to his girlfriend’s house to see what he believed was his newborn daughter. Jackson allegedly became violent after finding out his girlfriend did not give the newborn baby his last name. He began punching his girlfriend in the head and face while she was breast feeding, according to the release.
While attacking his girlfriend, Jackson struck the baby with a closed fist on the head before fleeing the scene, according to police.
The victims were transported to Barstow Community Hospital, where doctors discovered the newborn suffered a depressed skull fracture due to the blow from Jackson, authorities said. The newborn was airlifted from BCH to a trauma center for further treatment, according to the release.
Lt. Mike Hunter said the newborn was in neonatal intensive care in stable condition with a brain bleed and skull fracture.
“The prognosis is good,” Hunter said. “I was told the newborn’s condition is continually improving and is expected to fully recover.”
Jackson was already a wanted fugitive with a $250,000 warrant for his arrest stemming from a Victorville robbery in 2012.
Jackson was found by the BPD on Friday in the 200 block of North Yucca Avenue, where he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery; child abuse and/or endangerment; and assault likely to cause great bodily harm.
Jackson pleaded not guilty to robbery and participating in a criminal street gang during an arraignment at the Victorville courthouse on Monday, court records show. He’s due back in court Tuesday for arraignment on the domestic battery, assault and child abuse charges.
Court records show Jackson was convicted of felony domestic battery in 2008 and was given probation, but probation was revoked and he was sent to prison in 2009 after being convicted of vehicle theft.
Jackson is currently being held at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-782-7463.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @JoseQuinteroDD.