A Tucson man could be placed on probation or receive up to 23.75 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of child abuse Tuesday.

On Dec. 10, 2011, David Hollenbeck, 27, called 911 to report his 7-week-old son wasn’t breathing. He told paramedics and hospital staff that up to that point, he thought his son was only congested.

Doctors discovered the baby had a subdural hematoma and a skull fracture.

Two hours after getting to the hospital, Hollenbeck told doctors he’d dropped the baby while showering and the baby had hit his head on the side of the tub/shower enclosure, court documents state. At the time of Hollenbeck’s arrest, police said the baby might experience a permanent neurological deficiency.

Hollenbeck admitted Tuesday he is guilty of reckless child abuse and of delaying the appropriate course of medical treatment, said Deputy Pima County Attorney Anita Simons.

If placed on probation, Hollenbeck would have to serve one year in jail.

Hollenbeck is scheduled to be sentenced March 12 in Pima County Superior Court.


Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.