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MATT STEINER Updated: March 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

A 22-year-old man arrested Saturday in connection with the abuse of his 2-month-old son told police that he "snapped" and hit the baby with "basically everything I could throw," an arrest affidavit reported.

Daniel Kim was taken into custody Saturday evening after the infant was taken to Memorial Urgent Care by his mother, Brittany Johnson.

Johnson discovered apparent injuries to the child when she came home from work at noon.

According to the affidavit, Kim was on the computer at that time. Johnson checked on her son, who was sleeping, and found bruising on both cheeks, a soft, flat spot on the right side of his head and the baby's right arm not moving.

When confronted by Johnson, Kim told her that he didn't know what happened, the affidavit said. Johnson sought the advice of her father, who lives in Connecticut. He told her to get "medical attention," the affidavit said.

The infant was taken to Memorial Hospital where he was treated Sunday. Among the child's injuries was a skull fracture. The baby is in stable condition, according to Barbara Miller, spokeswoman for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Police, who were initially called to the hospital, later found Kim at the home in the 3900 block of East Bijou Street. Kim voluntarily went with officers to the Police Operations Center at 705 S. Nevada Ave.

Kim gave several different explanations at first, eventually confessing to the alleged abuse after being confronted about the inconsistencies, the affidavit said.

Kim is being held at the El Paso County jail on suspicion of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Bond has been set at $25,000.

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