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Police: SWAT needed to arrest man suspected of abuse

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A man, who is suspected of abuse connected to a five-month-old boy's injuries, refused to answer police at his home, which prompted SWAT officers to be called, according to an arrest report.

The report released Friday described the events in the boy's hospitalization and the arrest of 31-year-old Anthony Casey.

The arrest report said Casey, who is the roommate of the boy's mother, was looking after the child while the mom was at work on Thursday.

In the report, the mother told police the boy was acting normal when she left him in Casey's care. Casey kept in contact with the mother through Facebook during the day, the report said.

It wasn't until Casey told the mom, in the report, that the child was "acting weird" and she needed to come home.

In the report, Casey describes to the mother of the child going limp and telling her he may have caused a bruise to the child when he nearly fell. The woman told Casey to call 911.

Casey, as described by the mother in the report, denied hurting the child to arriving paramedics and elected not to go to the hospital with the child. The report also described Casey, as said by the mom, of telling her to not provide police with any of his information and to, in fact, provide a false name.

Physicians at Sunrise Trauma Center, in the report, called police after observing possible abuse in the child's injuries. In addition, the report described the boy's injuries to include multiple rib fractures, small puncture marks on the leg and various bruising. He was listed in very grave critical condition, the report said.

After identifying Casey as the caretaker, Metro Abuse Section officers, in the report, went to Casey's home in the 5200 block of Souvenir Lane, where no answer was given upon door knocks. That prompted officers to obtain a search warrant of the home.

After several attempts and a number of hours, police called in SWAT officer. Police noted, in the arrest report, Casey had a violent criminal record including obstructing police with a deadly weapon.

After flash bangs, police were able to get Casey to exit the home.

Casey told investigators, in the report, the child was his "happy go lucky self" while taking care of the child. He said, in the report, he placed the infant in his seat swing in front of the television for the majority of the day, only to take him out twice to change his diapers.

Casey denied any falls or accidents. He also denied being the cause of the boy's injuries and he was not able to explain the reason the child was injured, the report said.

He was booked into Clark County Detention Center with a count of child abuse/neglect with substantial bodily harm and a count of child abuse/neglect.

Police urged anyone who may have information on the incident to contact Metro's Abuse/Neglect Detail at 702-828-3364 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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