11 News Obtains Arrest Papers In Child Abuse Case

11 News has the court documents that explain what investigators say a Colorado Springs father told them about the abuse of his infant son.

Christopher Mazzarelli, 40, was advised of his charges on Wednesday.

In the arrest papers, police say Mazzarelli told them he has a magnet on his fridge that he looks at every day. The magnet reminds him to cope and have patience with a crying baby, but apparently on Monday that magnet wasn't enough to stop him from harming his child.

Mazzarelli is accused of shaking his son so severely it caused bleeding on his brain.

According to the court documents, it all started when the baby boy started crying and screaming. Mazzarelli grew frustrated and sent text messages to his wife. She tried to talk him through it. Then hours later Mazzarelli called her back to say their son's arms and legs were limp. He claimed the boy had a seizure. Mazzarelli drove the boy to the hospital but doctors said his injuries looked intentional. The arrest papers say Mazzarelli first denied abusing the boy but in a later interview with police he admitted to shaking his son.

The arrest affidavit says he told police “I hurt my baby.”

Mazzarelli is being held on a $10,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for October.

11 News talked with a local therapist from TESSA, a group dedicated to stopping violence in our community. We asked her what's the best thing to do if you are faced with a situation where your child continues to cry. She recommends having a plan in place, where you have a friend or neighbor you can call to come over and help. She also says it's okay to take a "break." She recommends placing the child in a safe place, like a crib, and then leave the room for 10 minutes. You can also call the TESSA crisis line. That number is 719-633-3819.