LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A father charged in a case of child abuse stood before a judge Friday morning while his 2-month-old son remains on life support. It was Juan Lopez Rosales' first court appearance after a grand jury indicted him on first degree criminal abuse.
Police arrested Rosales back in June after they said he admitted to hitting his son, causing severe injury to his head.
Rosales' family was also in court, including the baby's mother, showing their support for the father.
The bigger battle right now, remains between his family and Kosair Children's Hospital. That's where baby Issac is receiving life support, after suffering a brain bleed and skull fracture from the alleged abuse.
Rosales is the custodial parent but remains behind bars at Metro Corrections. The hospital has asked the court for permission to remove the infant from life support, saying there is no chance for recovery. If that decision is made, Rosales could face more serious charges.
His family is trying to get a second opinion from doctors outside Kosair. A guardian for Isaac has also been appointed, to ensure what happens is in his best interest.
Rosales has pleaded not guilty to the criminal abuse charge. He'll appear in court July 14 for an official arraignment.
Rosales is also being looked at by immigration; that agency has put a hold on him at Metro Corrections.