Courts & Crime

Father held in brutal beating of 1-month-old son

WARNING: This article contains explicit descriptions of violence.

A Parker County man, arrested three times recently on suspicion of family violence, has been accused of killing his 1-month-old son by crushing his skull.

John Paul Webb, 35, was being held without bond Wednesday on a charge of capital murder.

His son, Christian Webb, born Sept. 9, was pronounced dead at 10:22 a.m. Monday at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

"Blunt force trauma to the head and brain" was listed as the cause of death.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said the child's injuries are the worst that he has seen in nearly 48 years as a law enforcement officer.

"The severity of this was just off the scale," Fowler said. "If you saw these pictures, you'd just grit your teeth. It took a tremendous blow to the back of that baby's head to crack it like an egg shell."

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