Union City police, on suspicion of child endangerment, today arrested the father of a 5-year-old boy who suffered a life-threatening injury on Monday evening, a police lieutenant said. Parshant Malik, 38, was arrested after he allegedly threw a metal object that unintentionally struck his son in the head during a family dispute at their home in 32000 block of Monterey Drive at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Lt. Ben Horner said.
Union City police arrived after the Alameda County Fire Department requested assistance because the child’s head injury seemed suspicious, Horner said. The boy remained in critical condition at local hospital with a traumatic head injury that is life threatening, he said.
Malik was released from a medical facility where he had been detained for a mental health evaluation earlier today. After his release, police interviewed him before arresting him on suspicion of the felony. “We are fairly certain it was an unintentional act, just grossly negligent,” Horner said.
Malik has no previous criminal record, he said. The family has been very cooperative and is extremely remorseful about the boy’s injury, Horner said. “We are all hoping for the best for the boy,” he said. Investigators are still gathering facts and circumstances regarding the case, Horner said.
By Thursday or Friday, the case will presented to the Alameda County District Attorney for review. Malik was booked into Santa Rita County Jail in Dublin.
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