UPDATE: Coeur d' Alene Baby In Serious Condition, Dad Arrested - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Coeur d' Alene Baby In Serious Condition, Dad Arrested

James Dean Blanchard James Dean Blanchard

UPDATE: The child has been removed from a ventilator and is breathing on his own, however the doctors caution that his condition is still very serious, with likely long term medical problems. He will be hospitalized for quite some time. The child is in the custody of the Department of Health and Welfare, and they will continue to make the decisions pertaining to his care.

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KHQ.COM - A 20 day old baby is at Sacred Heart Medical Center recovering from bleeding to the brain.

Early on Monday Coeur d' Alene Police arrested the baby's father, 19-year-old James Blanchard, for felony injury to a child. In court on Monday it was said that multiple witnesses could testify that Blanchard shook the baby forcefully.

At 9:30 Sunday night police responded to a call of a baby not breathing at 1042 North 17th Street in Coeur d' Alene. Medical professionals performed CPR on the scene before airlifting the baby to Sacred Heart. In court on Monday KHQ Local News learned the baby's condition worsened upon his arrival to the hospital.

Elizabeth Williams lives down the street from Blanchard and just arrived back in the neighborhood when she saw all the commotion.  

"I got home at about 9:45 and got home to a  bunch of ambulances and fire trucks and stuff," Williams said.

She looked on as emergency responders tried to save the life of the 20 day old child. Blanchard's biological mother Kelly Harbeck believes her son is 100% innocent.

"He's always very gentle with him, I mean that's his son," Harbeck said. "It's devastating because I know how much he loves that boy. It's his first child. He's been so excited about it for 9 months."

In court on Monday, Judge Clark Peterson issued a no contact ruling for the parent. While speaking with the judge Blanchard made one final plea.

"I want to be able to see my son again. Whatever I can do to do that I'll do anything," Blanchard said.

The judge set his bond at $100,000 and the family said they will do whatever they can to pay it.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On July 25th 2011 at 3:00am Coeur d'Alene Police Detectives arrested James Dean Blanchard for felony injury to a child. Officers were called to 1042 N. 17th St. on July 24th at 9:30pm for the report of a 20 day-old child that had stopped breathing. When officers arrived medical was on scene performing CPR on the baby.

Detectives interviewed baby's parents and other witnesses. They subsequently arrested 19-year-old James Blanchard of Coeur d'Alene. The male child has since been airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. Medical personnel informed detectives the baby is suffering from bleeding in the frontal lobe of the brain.

The child's name will not be released at this time due to him being a minor. Blanchard is in custody at the Kootenai County Public Safety Building. No further information is available at this time.

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