Police arrested the father of a 6-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a crash Jan. 2 when the boy was not properly restrained by a child safety seat, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Jonathan Payton Fletcher, 31, of Waco, was arrested Wednesday night after police received warrants for two third-degree felony charges of intoxication assault and a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child.

Swanton said Fletcher was driving a Jeep Patriot in the 1400 block of South New Road on Jan. 2 shortly before 4 p.m. when he drove into the opposing lane of traffic, Swanton said. Fletcher crashed into a Kia SUV and injured two adults in the car who were also traveling with a 1-year-old child, he said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Fletcher's son suffered a severe concussion after the airbags went off in the Jeep.  The two adults in the Kia also suffered serious injuries, including breaks to one occupant's femur, but the 1-year-old was not injured.

The police investigation found that Fletcher was under the influence of Xanax at the time of the crash, Swanton said. The affidavit also states Fletcher admitted to smoking marijuana and taking Xanax before the crash.

"Jonathan Fletcher could not explain what happened in the wreck or why it happened," the affidavit states. "(Police) noted that Jonathan Fletcher appeared to be dazed, would stare off into the distance and (was) not very concerned about his injured son."

Officers arrested Fletcher at his Waco home without incident Wednesday night. Fletcher was taken to McLennan County Jail, where he remained Thursday with bond listed at $20,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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