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Police allege a 21-year-old Lincoln father injured his infant son twice in a matter of hours over the weekend, according to court documents.

Blas Casarez first went to Bryan East Campus on Friday sometime before 8 p.m. with the 23-day-old infant after he allegedly dropped the baby during a bath, Lincoln police said in an affidavit for his arrest.

Hospital staff called police at about 1 a.m. Saturday after Casarez and his son returned to Bryan East Campus shortly before midnight, the affidavit said.

The boy had a skull fracture, brain bleed and a broken arm, which they told police occurred after the first visit to the emergency room there. His injuries were severe enough that doctors had the baby transferred to Children's Hospital in Omaha.

Investigators interviewed Casarez and believe the baby slipped from his arms during the first bathtub injury.

Police believe at about 11 p.m. Friday, Casarez was playing with his son and having him "fly" around the room when the infant's head hit the crib, the affidavit said.

So he put the crying baby on a blanket on a mattress in the room to calm him, but he continued to cry, police said.

Investigators believe Casarez pulled the blanket out from under the baby because he was frustrated, and the baby fell 9 inches and broke his arm, the affidavit said.

Casarez was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Charges had not yet been filed Monday afternoon.

He remained in the Lancaster County jail pending a court appearance.

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