MALDEN (CBS) – A father accused of slamming his infant son against a sidewalk in Malden was ordered held without bail Thursday.

Thirty-three-year-old Carlos Edwards of Melrose was arrested Wednesday after police say he threw his 7-week-old son Carmelo Sears onto the ground outside a home on Cross Street during a argument with the boy’s mother, Crystal Sears.

The child is being treated for critical injuries in the pediatric intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The infant’s grandmother Charlene Nickerson told WBZ-TV the baby is improving, but he has fractures in both sides of his skull. He started to wake up for the first time Thursday morning.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

Edwards was arraigned in Malden District Court Thursday on charges of assault and battery on a child and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

According to prosecutors, Edwards and Crystal Sears were arguing and he demanded money from her. She eventually gave him her electronic benefits card.

As Sears was leaving, she told Edwards he couldn’t take their baby.

Prosecutors say that’s when Edwards, who was holding the child, threw him down saying “I hope you both die.”  There were several witnesses to the incident.

Carmelo’s parents did not live together and are not married.  Prosecutors said they had a two-year relationship.

The grandmother said Edwards has a violent temper.

“He was always yelling at my daughter.  That’s why I didn’t allow him in the house,” Nickerson said.

Edwards is due back in court for a dangerousness hearing next week.

Comments (49)
  1. steve says:

    I don’t, and won’t ever, understand how someone can treat a child this way. ESPECIALLY if it is your own child!

    1. Libby Hisel says:

      Someone should drop him off a building and leave him to fend for hisself, see how he likes that.

  2. Willow says:

    What is wrong with this society today? This poor defenseless baby used as a pawn in an argument. What ever happened to the natural love that most parents have for their children? Instead of being the protector, they are the ones they need protection from. Too many children are born to people who can’t even take care of themselves and their own life, never mind that of a little baby. I can’t even fathom doing that to a child.

  3. Joan Hogan says:

    This Father Should be charged with attempted Murder ! If the Baby Dies He will
    be charged with Murder. I Certainly Pray and Hope This Baby Survives and Makes A full Recovery . I also Hope The Inmates of where he gets Incarcerated
    Give Him the same treatment he gave to his Innocent Infant son. You sir Disgust
    Me ! You are Evil !

  4. B's Fan says:

    What is wrong with people!!! This makes me sick how could you take your own child 7 weeks old and slam him off the sidewalk?? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMMING TO!!!! I pray this baby will be survive and make a full recovery!!!! This man is a MONSTER!!!!

  5. emom says:

    this guy needs to be slammed,,, Jail will welcome him .. But wait someone will try and claim he was a great dad. and Love that little boy,,, these people make me sick….

  6. jaygee says:

    Let’s see, they aren’t married, they don’t live together and the kid’s father has a different last name than the child. It’s a very familiar story in the year 2011 in the good, old USA and it certainly isn’t getting any better. This country is spending billions every week to bring our type of “Democracy” to other parts of the world while our own country is coming apart at the seams. Mind boggling!

  7. Callie says:

    Why is it so often “the boyfriend” who does things like this?

    1. roadbowler says:

      Why do women choose to date and marry a-holes when there are decent men out there???

      1. Jo says:

        1.) Why is it that a-holes continue to breed?
        2.) I just saved 15% or more on my children by switching to condoms.

  8. aidylc says:

    The way the judicial system works, this monster will either walk or get very little time. What is wrong with our courts?

  9. Lynn says:

    i am not siding with the dad, or making excuses but: Jaygee is right. our country is going to pot. we are helping everyone in other countries except our own. We have people struggling to pay the rent, trying to decide if they want heat or food. People are out of work, crime is up. We need to help the people in our own country NOW. i am ashamed to live in a country where we allow children to go hungry and families to live on the streets because they lost their home. Perhaps, if we helped our own, crime would go down. Perhaps if jobs were plentyful people wouldnt loose there mind and do unemagionable dispicable acts of violence.

  10. roadbowler says:

    Ladies. Do yourselves and your future children a favor. Either use birth control or do SOME screening process before procreating, PLEASE!!!!

  11. Denise says:

    Skyperkins1 – your attempt at humor is as sickening as the act itself.

    For those that believe that karma exists – Carlos will get his punishment – and I’m sure it will not be from the Criminal Justice System. Carlos will probably experience how hard the ground/road/sidewalk/floor in his cell etc.. is numerous times in the near future.

  12. Jo says:

    If they release him, he will be watching his back. The funny part about it is, retribution won’t come from behind. It will come head on.

  13. ktsue says:

    Assault and battery?? Why not attempted MURDER?! Don’t let this guy get off easy! That poor baby. We can only hope he will survive and be able to thrive far away from his father!

  14. BostonGrrl says:

    It doesnt look like the mother is keeping better male company either. That poor child!

    1. Web says:

      The article you referenced made me so mad. Neither parent seems fit to raise a child. This child will grow up to be another troubled teen and then cause his own problems one day, if he survives the cruel assault he just took. It’s lousy to put a baby in such a situation. I don’t consider them parents, just breeders…big difference.

    2. stoptheinsanity says:


  15. alan says:

    Cut his testicles off!!!!
    Then slam him to the sidewalk!!

  16. MelissaX says:

    His punishment should be that his head be slammed against the sidewalk so he can feel what he did – then do a vasectomy on him without anesthesia. What an animal.

  17. adz says:

    Why are not requiring people to be licensed to have children before they start breeding like rabbits? This sort of thing wouldn’t happen if these two hadn’t gotten horizontal in the first place..

  18. Dumbfounded says:

    Now there is a REAL WINNER. SICK. And the fact that he took her benefits card which is probably needed to give that child food and care – what a wonderful deadbeat dad. Should be sent to a desert island by himself where the only form of life is a shark waiting to EAT him.

  19. reba says:

    Hope he rots in HELL!

  20. celtic_fan says:

    If the judge presiding over the case does not impose the maximum penalty for this crime then he should be thrown in jail as well.

  21. Disgusted says:

    And it’s only getting worse & worse…kids killing their parents, parents killing or nearly killing their own kids – good grief – If you can’t raise them, DON’T have them.

    1. The Batman says:

      For commentary on this statement, I urge everyone to read 2Timothy 3:1 and see if you don’t find these words that were written two thousand years ago to be frighteningly prophetic.2Ti 3:1 You must realize, however, that in the last days difficult times will come.
      2Ti 3:2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
      2Ti 3:3 unfeeling, uncooperative, slanderous, degenerate, brutal, hateful of what is good,
      2Ti 3:4 traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
      2Ti 3:5 They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people.

  22. K says:

    This individual should be executed. Period.

  23. B's Fan says:

    You cant just blame the good ol USA you need to blame this guys parents for the way they raised him anger issues do not just happen over night the parents should have gotten this guy help as a child. The way you raise your children makes a world of a difference if you neglect them when they are young they will more than likely committ crimes as adults. Im sorry you cant blame financial issues on this….everyone is hurting with money right now basically neither one of these people wanted this poor precious child to begin with because if they did they would have protected him and not stating you cant handle him anymore then the other parent slamming him off the cement. makes me sick!!

  24. pinkstars says:

    My heart goes out to this little child and his mom and grandma. I pray he will be okay. As for the father he should be charged with attempted murder as they say he said I hope you both die when he did it, clearly that was his intention.

  25. Willow says:

    If we went back to the days before welfare made it impossible women to give birth to babies they could not support, we probably wouldn’t have such a huge problem today. There are no consequences for bad behavior. A woman gets pregnant with no means to support the child, and gets on welfare and the boyfriend moves in. It’s everywhere in America, and these little ones do the suffering. These are the ones we hear about. Imagine how some children are living day after day with no one to intervene.

  26. K says:

    I am reminded of a scene from the movie Point Break

    You need a permit to Fish. You need a permit to drive a car. You even need a permit to have dog.

    But any jacka.. can be a parent

  27. Barbara Jean Trahan says:


  28. Timmy says:

    I have always been a firm believer that anyone that harms a child should be stood up and shot through the head. Instead there will be some bleeding heart that will argue that he had a hard life and it is not his fault. Well how hard of a life will his son have. This sorry excuse for a human should be put away for life for attempted murder.

  29. thor's hammer says:

    let’s bring back the spanish inquisition! after a few rounds of that, we’ll blindfold him, put him on a cargo plane and drop him in the middle of the dessert southwest – at least 300 miles from any road, just dressed in his skivvies, no shoes, no water, no map. the good people of the commonwealth don’t need to spend 10 cents on this sorry excuse for oxygen consumption on the planet. my apologies to animal rights people for dropping him off with scorpions & rattlesnakes, even they have standards. justice fot the baby only!

  30. Melissa Poole says:

    Instead of being the protector, they are the ones they need protection from.

    I agree, and that is So, SO sad ):

  31. Melissa Poole says:

    And, wow, I can”t believe the morbidity of some of these comments, lol. I thought I was the only one who said stuff like that.. (;

  32. confused says:

    Why don’t they charge him with reckless endangerment? Attempted murder? What the hell is wrong with this DA’s office?

  33. Joan Hogan says:

    I really Think he should be pushed out of a Military Airplane over Shark Infested
    Waters. .

  34. jim kelley says:

    This is guy Carlos Edwards will die in jail,I know i seen what happens to guys like this guy in jail.

  35. Sad says:

    What makes me even more sad is when there are good people out there that WANT to have a baby and have a hard time either conceiving or end up miscarrying… and you have people like this that have no problem having kids when clearly they should be the last people having children.

  36. cinque says:

    I wish they would stop using the words “Mother & Father” of the child since neither one deserves the title. He is a thief and complete lowlife and she is also a thief, on welfare and not deserving of anything, let alone a child to bring up. Take the kid away while there is still hope.

    1. Rebecca says:

      I wish they would stop using the word “Father”, that babies mother deserves her baby. It is not a crime or a bad thing if she needs help from the state, that is why they provide those types of things… for people that need help. You don’t even know her, so why would you said that she doesn’t deserve her baby. That’s messed up. My 9 month old son just passed away, and my fiance (my son’s father) is on disability, does that mean that mean that my fiance does not deserve to be his father? Come on.

  37. Laurie says:

    This poor innocent child……this baby should go to a nice home with a mom and dad who with love him and keep him safe. Why do women continue to have babies with “bad” men. Please stop having babies if you must hang with these type of men. Use birth control and don’t bring innocent children into this world. All it creates is another cycle of the same type of person. Being raised in this type of chaos and violence will only breed another human with the same qualities.

  38. Pamm says:

    A benefits card…you the taxpayers of afforded him.
    Again, socialism at its finest. Everyone is entitled… at the taxpayers expense!
    When is this going to stop?!

  39. Joan Hogan says:

    Stereotyping Is Not always accurate And Fair. I have seen Parents who were
    wealthy or upper middle class who have serious Domestic Violence Issues
    towards each other, and showed abuse and neglect to their Child (ren) . Finances Can cause extreme stress to parents, although It is still not an excuse.
    Child Protective services get Involved and The Parents that are Rich get High Priced Lawyers to defeat the allegations of Child Protective Services.

  40. Sherry Daida says:

    He needs to be charged with attempted murder

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