4-month-old critically injured; father arrested


FIFE, Wash. - A father was arrested after his 4-month-old son was critically injured Monday morning.

Police said 36-year-old Jeremy Yerger called 911 before 7 a.m. to report that his son, Jason, was unresponsive.

When medics arrived at Yerger’s home, they became suspicious and called detectives.

“It wasn’t one thing, his story kept changing as he went on,” said Tom Thompson of the Fife Police Department.

Investigators were not sure how Jason was injured, but they said they thought it was likely that Yerger shook him.

“Possibly from lack of sleep, he’d been up with a 4-month-old all night long he said,” said Thompson.

Jason was rushed Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and is currently in critical condition.

According to detectives, Yerger’s wife was not home at the time of the incident. She was at work, but got home in time to ride with her son to the hospital.

Police then arrested Yerger.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Alison Grande spoke with neighbors about the alleged assault.

“That’s ridiculous (that) something like that has to happen,” said neighbor Joe Lewis.

“Actually, one of the parenting tips is walk away and let the other parent take care of it,” said Darrell Vanbogart.

Police told KIRO 7 they don’t think Yerger realized what he did caused critical injuries.

“My prayers go out to the baby,” Lewis said.

Yerger was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of assault of a child and will have a bail hearing Tuesday.