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Family: Smithfield infant taken off ventilator, breathing on his own

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. -

A Smithfield infant is once again breathing without the assistance of a ventilator after being on life support since late December.

Two-month-old Jaxen Jones was placed on life support after being found unresponsive and not breathing Dec. 27 on Caswell Street in Smithfield.

The child's father, Johnathan Michael Jones, was charged with intentional child abuse and inflicting serious injury. His bond was initially set at $200,000, but that was raised to $400,000 due to the extent of the infant's injuries.

A GoFundMe page was created for Jaxen to raise $5,000 to help his family with medical expenses. According the the page, Jaxen was diagnosed with severe shaking baby syndrome, and he may have brain damage and could be blind.

Jaxen was taken off the ventilator Friday and is breathing on his own.

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Baby Jaxen Jones with his mother at WakeMed. Baby Jaxen Jones with his mother at WakeMed.
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