Father accused of severely injuring 5-month-old daughter

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A Lindale man is being held on a hefty bond after he allegedly severely injured his baby daughter.

In a press release from the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said they arrested Douglas Burks, 24, of Lindale, on Friday. The incident stems from an investigation beginning on October 19, 2016, when Child Protective Services contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

CPS officials reported a severely injured 5-month-old baby who had been admitted to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.  The girl had previously been taken to a local emergency room by ambulance from her home in Lindale. 

During an initial examination in the ER, the baby suffered from seizures and medical staff determined she had suffered a serious head injury.  At this time, she was flown to Children’s Medical for further medical help. Staff and specialists with Children’s REACH team determined the baby was suffering from traumatic brain injury consistent with child abuse. 

Investigators were able to determine the baby had recently been in the custody of her father, Douglas Wayne Burks, Jr.  Besides Douglas, the baby was also cared for by the mother, grandparents,and babysitters during the month of October, prior to the baby’s hospitalization.  After interviews and review of other critical information, the Smith County Sheriff’s named Douglas  as a suspect. 

On October 26, Douglas admitted to he caused his baby’s traumatic injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was then taken into custody and charged with injury to a child. His bond was set at $750,000.  

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