A man put in charge of watching a 7-month-old infant in Fort Collins last month has been arrested for attempted murder and child abuse.

According to a news release, 24-year-old Caleb Collins contacted Fort Collins Police Services to report that he'd accidentally dropped the infant he was babysitting at a private residence in town. The child was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies and later to Children's Hospital in Denver with severe head trauma resulting in significant permanent damage.

Investigators determined the child's injuries were a result of forceful handling - not an accidental drop.

Collins was arrested on Monday, July 11, on a $250,000 warrant at his home in Aurora, Colorado. He is being charged with attempted first degree murder on a child under 12 years of age and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

This case has been turned over to the Larimer County District Attorney's Office. Charges against Collins are merely an accusation by law enforcement officers, and he must be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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