The Providence Journal reports 11-month-old Tobi Olawusi died Wednesday at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Officials say his father, Olalekan Olawusi, apparently skipped bail. He's charged with felony first-degree child abuse.
The baby was the subject of the newspaper's investigation into procedures the state uses to allow newborns to go home when a parent's competency is questioned.
His mother, Arinola Olawusi, pleaded not guilty to felony cruelty or child neglect.
The newspaper reports Tobi arrived at the hospital with broken bones, a fractured skull and a human bite mark.
Providence police say they'll seek extradition if Olalekan Olawusi is in Nigeria. His attorney didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com
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