Cozad man faces child abuse charge

Cozad man faces child abuse charge
Courtesy/ Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. Draven M. Haynes.
February 16th, 2024 | Courtesy

A Cozad man faces a child abuse charge after police say he seriously injured an infant.

Draven Haynes, 23, is charged in Dawson County Court with causing intentional child abuse resulting in injury.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cozad Police Department responded on Wednesday to the 200 block of Avenue A in reference to an unresponsive two-month-old. When officers arrived, they say Haynes told them the infant was on a bed when the infant rolled off it.

The affidavit says Cozad Rescue staff advised officers that the infant went into cardiac arrest and had to be placed on a breathing machine. A CT scan was later performed on the infant, who was found to have brain bleeding, broke ribs and burn marks. The infant was later transported to Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

On Thursday, the affidavit says Haynes was transported to Cozad Community Hospital for an attempted overdose. Officers said they interviewed Haynes’ mother who stated Haynes confessed to intentionally slamming the infant to the ground while it was crying.

The affidavit says Cozad Police had a video conference with Children’s Hospital staff who stated the infant is in critical condition and that his injuries “may not be survivable.”

Haynes is set to be arraigned in Dawson County Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.


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