The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force tracked down a 19-year-old suspect who intentionally evaded authorities after being accused of brutally abusing his infant child. Rather than turn himself in when his arrest was imminent, the 19-year-old attempted to flee.
In November of last year, the suspect’s infant suffered concerning injuries. Doctors caring for the youngster found the infant had serious wounds including broken ribs, lacerations to the liver and skull fractures. Per the law, the health care providers informed child protective services.
An investigation was immediately launched into the situation. Police conducted interviews with the doctors, Child Protective Services agents and the child’s mother for about two months. The 19-year-old, Richard Blythe, was reported to be the child’s father. Blythe was identified as a primary suspect early on in the investigation.
Shortly after conducting the interviews, police issued an arrest warrant for Blythe. The suspect reportedly caught wind of the pending charges and decided to run away rather than accept what he had done.
On February 4th, he was finally captured in Killeen. He is now awaiting extradition back to Hays County where he will face his charges. It’s expected that he will be charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.
A quick search of the Hays County Jail Records online revealed that Blyth has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past. In 2016, he was arrested on eerily similar charges. At the time, he was arrested for injuring a child.