A 24-year-old U.S. Navy sailor from Groton has been arrested, accused of abusing and gravely injuring his 2-month-old son.
Groton police said they received a report of possible child abuse on Tuesday and found the baby with life-threatening injuries. The child is being treated at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.
The child's father, Jordan Rittenhouse, has been charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.
Rittenhouse is a seaman in the U.S. Navy and is a student at the Naval Submarine School at Subase New London, according to Chris Zendan, a spokesperson for the sub base.
He enrolled in the Navy in November 2013 and reported to the school in January, Zendan said.
Rittenhouse is not suspended from his naval duties and remains a student at the school, according to Zendan.
Sources close to the investigation said the alleged assault happened at Rittenhouse's home on Deerwood Drive, part of a Navy housing complex in Groton.
Neighbors said the allegations are shocking, but some acknowledged there may have been red flags.
"It's very eerie knowing that this neighbor lives directly next door to us. It's very concerning as a parent," said Teddy McCarty, who has three children and whose husband is in the Navy.
McCarty said Rittenhouse once aggressively yelled at his daughter when he found her playing with the water house outside his house.
"We hope that the father gets the help he needs and we pray to God that the son is well and that he never has to experience this again," said electronic technician seaman Nick Callands.
Rittenhouse is being held at the Groton Town Police Department Headquarters on a $300,000 bond and is due in court Friday.
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