Ladson man arrested after 5-month-old girl hospitalized with critical injuries

Benjamin Jones

A Ladson man was arrested after a 5-month-old girl was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.

Benjamin Alexander Jones, 25, of U.S. Highway 78 is charged with inflicting great bodily injury upon a child.

North Charleston police were called Friday to Medical University Hospital after the staff treated the girl for a severe head injury and bruises on her back, according to an incident report. Jones, her father, told a nurse and officers that he had bounced the baby in the air several times but she didn’t fall. He said his wife was at work at the time. He took her to Trident Hospital and she was transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina.

Jones said a baby sitter had watched the child a few days earlier but the baby appeared to be in good health after that.

The child’s mother came home and found her father holding her limp daughter in his arms in the parking lot, according to the report. She followed him to Trident Hospital and then followed EMS to MUSC. She told officers that Jones also told her he was tossing the baby in the air when her eyes got wide and her arms stiff.

Jones was arrested Tuesday. He was being held in the Charleston County jail Wednesday on $50,000 bail. The charge is a felony with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.