Life support battle continues after baby allegedly abused by father

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 5:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The fight over a baby on life support is headed back to a courtroom Monday.

Attorneys for Kosair Children's Hospital have asked a judge for permission to end the life support for two-month-old Issac, saying there's no chance for recovery. However, Issac's family is fighting to keep his heart beating.

Two Kosair doctors declared Baby Issac brain dead more than a week ago after alleged abuse by his father. Juan Lopez Rosales remains at Metro Corrections this morning accused of hitting his son's head so hard, it fractured his skull and caused a brain bleed. He's charged with first degree criminal abuse.

Issac's family has spent the last week and a half holding onto hope for some sign of life. In a July 3 interview, the family's attorney, Leslie Bates, said the family simply needs more time.

"There are other things they can do. Science is not 100 percent accurate. It's not absolute," Bates said.

A legal guardian has been appointed for Issac to help determine what’s best for the infant. The family said it also hopes to receive a second opinion outside of the hospital.

Rosales will appear in court later this afternoon for a formal arraignment on the abuse charge. However, if Baby Issac does not survive, it's likely the charge will be upgraded to murder.

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