An Orange County man was charged Friday with attempting to murder his 2-month-old son after he was captured on videotape swinging the boy by the neck with a noose-like blanket and repeatedly punching and shaking the baby, prosecutors said.
Joshua Robey, 24, is charged with attempted murder, torture and child abuse. He lived with his girlfriend and her mother in Anaheim until three weeks before the Oct. 18 incident, at which time he moved to a Costa Mesa motel.
Prosecutors said Robey went to his girlfriend's home to baby-sit his son. Without Robey's knowledge, his girlfriend set up a hidden camera to record him because she believed that he was cheating.
The baby's mother discovered the abuse the next morning when she watched the video. The girlfriend's mother took the baby to the hospital, where the staff contacted Anaheim police.
The infant remains hospitalized, prosecutors said.
If convicted of all the charges, Robey could face up to 15 years in prison. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.