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10-month-old fighting for life after being found unresponsive in Cañon City motel

CAÑON CITY, Colo. (KRDO) -- A 10-month-old child is fighting for their life after they were found unresponsive early Sunday morning at a motel in Cañon City.

The child was found by the Cañon City Police Department (CCPD) on May 21 at 7:38 a.m. at the Motel 6 along Fremont Dr. According to CCPD, officers began life-saving measures on the child until paramedics arrived.

"The child was subsequently taken to St Thomas More and eventually flown out to Colorado Springs Children's Hospital," said Cañon City Police Chief John W. Schick.

According to the CCPD, investigators later determined that 21-year-old William Jacobs was the last person who was with the child. He was later arrested and charged with child abuse, a Class 3 Felony.

"As the day progressed, we were able to establish probable cause to arrest Mr. Jacobs."

The child has since been clinging to life at a Children's Hospital.

According to CCPD, as of Monday afternoon, the 10-month-old was in "very critical" condition in the Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital in Colorado Springs.

Chief Schick told KRDO the situation has taken a toll on the Cañon City community.

"It was taxing on the whole community, you know because everybody feels this when out when it happens. And my heart goes out to the family," said Chief Schick. "Nobody expected this. And it's just tragic."

Jacobs is currently being held without bond. If the child doesn't make it, investigators say they'll discuss elevating his charges with the District Attorney's Office.

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