Father arrested for beating infant nearly to death in California

LOS ANGELES -- An infant boy is near death after his father allegedly beat, strangled and tried to drown him, stopping only when officers burst in on him at a Los Angeles apartment, Eyewitness News has learned.

The suspect was identified as the boy's father, Michael Freeman, 29, who recently got out of prison in Tennessee.
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Police allege Freeman punched, strangled, slammed and tried to drown his 9-month-old son. Officers got into the apartment as the alleged assault was happening.

The child was transported to a local hospital and was considered in critical condition.

Police were called to the scene by the child's mother early Thursday.

She reported that Freeman had threatened her and their 7-year-old son and then grabbed their baby and fled.

He then went to a nearby vacant apartment where he tried to kill the child, police allege. Officers used a Taser multiple times to get him to stop the attack.

Freeman was arrested and booked early Thursday and was being held on $1 million bail.
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