Police Investigating After Seven Month Old Was Severely Beaten

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A seven month old baby is severely beaten by her own father.

Police have arrested the mother and now they're looking for him.

Abilene Police contacted Midland Police on June third about the abuse believed to have happened in midland

Detectives say 40-year-old Jesse Joe Rodriguez repeatedly beat the baby causing a skull fracture, a broken arm and eight fractured ribs.

The mother, 26-year-old Stephanie Tedlock, did not report the injuries or take the child to the hospital because Rodriguez told her he would get the blame.

Rodriguez said the baby fell off the bed while Tedlock was at work.

We're told she eventually called police when Rodriguez abandoned her and her children at a truck stop near Abilene on June third.

The baby was then taken to an Abilene hospital and the baby is currently in Child Protective Service's custody.

A warrant has been issued for Rodriguez's arrest

If you any information on Rodriguez's whereabouts, call Midland Crime Stoppers at (432) 694-TIPS.