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Sweet Home Man Arrested for Assault

The three-month old baby is still in the care of Emmanuel Hospital in the pediatrics intensive care unit.

Michael Henthorne was arrested on January 18th and lodged in the Benton County Corrections facility on a charge of Assault in the First Degree.
Michael Henthorne was arrested on January 18th and lodged in the Benton County Corrections facility on a charge of Assault in the First Degree. Photo: Benton County Jail

(SWEET HOME, Ore.) - A Sweet Home man is in custody on a child abuse allegation that apparently involved an infant choking on a napkin. Detective Rick Fontaine with the Benton County Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to Good Samaritan Hospital emergency room late in the evening on January 16th for a report of a possible child abuse incident.

Upon arrival, deputies met with emergency room personnel who told them that a three-month old infant, Payton Morris, was brought to the hospital by ambulance following a reported choking incident. Upon further evaluation, it was determined there may be an injury to the baby's throat.

Fontaine says the baby was subsequently transported to Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon for further evaluation and treatment.

Benton County Sheriff's Office detectives interviewed 19-year old Michael Jay Henthorne, who indicated that while babysitting Payton, the baby inhaled a napkin that then lodged in his throat.

Henthorne reported he was unable to remove the napkin from the baby's throat so he called 911 for assistance.

Vanessa Morris who is the mother of Payton Morris and lives at the residence on NE Cori Court in Adair Village, was away at the time and had left the baby in the care of Henthorne who is described as her boyfriend, Fontaine said.

"Henthorne is not the biological father of Payton. Based on subsequent information and investigation by Sheriff's Office deputies, and reports from medical personnel at Emmanuel Hospital, Michael Henthorne was arrested on January 18th and lodged in the Benton County Corrections facility on a charge of Assault in the First Degree."

Additional charges against Henthorne include three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, three counts of Assault in the Third Degree, and one count of Criminal Mistreatment.

Payton Morris is still in the care of Emmanuel Hospital in the pediatrics intensive care unit.




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Citizen of Sweet Home March 3, 2009 4:20 pm (Pacific time)

wow, no need to read the paper its common sense how does a 3 month old get ahold of a napkin? they are not really cordinated enough to even do so. i know for a fact just from the sounds of it the baby was crying and he couldnt get it to calm down so he shoved the napkin down its throat to make it quit. duh!!! come on now really, that doesnt make any sense to you what so ever? how about you grow up and use your head. think outside the box


Danielle March 21, 2008 12:05 pm (Pacific time)

Hey Chelsea maybe you should know the real story before you say stupid s**t like that You only read what is in the paper and that is not always the case so shut your mouth And for you WTF You dont know michael so how can you say he is an immature idiot you sound pretty immature yourself Obviously you people have not had kids and havent learned that accidents happen and that this one just ended up to be very serious. He is a first time father and has made a mistake and now all you idiots are judging him based only on what the papers say. Think before you act and grow up


Chelsea January 26, 2008 1:49 pm (Pacific time)

he is a sick bastard


WTF January 23, 2008 3:00 pm (Pacific time)

oh my God! I can only imagine how a 3 month old infant got a napkin stuck in it's throat while some immature idiot is left babysitting.

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