Dallas police arrested a father whose child died after he shoved paper towels down the toddler’s throat Sunday.
Antonio Strange, 24, told police the 2-year-old was being an “a**hole” while he was trying to feed the child Sunday morning in their apartment in the 3800 block of Gannon Lane, according to the warrant for his arrest.
Strange told police he shoved paper towels down Ayden Strange’s throat in an attempt to remove food from the boy’s mouth.
Strange previously told police that he found the child unresponsive after he had stepped out of the apartment for a “moment” and left the child alone, police said.
The father called 911 when Ayden became unresponsive, police said. Paramedics arrived and dislodged a compact wad of paper towels the size of a golf ball from the toddler’s throat, according to the warrant. He died at the apartment, the warrant says.
Ayden’s cause of death had yet to be determined Monday morning, according to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.
Strange was arrested on a charge of reckless injury to a child, a second-degree felony. He remained in the Dallas County Jail on Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail.