A man charged with abusing his three month old daughter was in a Mobile courtroom Thursday.

The little girl suffered a skull fracture and other injuries.

James Edward Grimes is charged with aggravated child abuse.

And this isn't the first time he's been charged with child abuse.

It's our first look at Grimes in court.

Police say he severely abused his three month old daughter, who suffered a skull fracture and several other broken bones.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich talked about the suspect.

She said, "We think he is an extreme danger to the community."

According to court documents, Grimes pleaded guilty to severely abusing another daughter who was also just three months old at the time.

The child suffered injuries to her face, sternum, and a broken leg.

Rich said, "We were successful in getting a ten year sentence on that defendant, and he served less than three years at the Department of Corrections on that assault on another child of his."

What's more, Grimes pleaded guilty to shooting a teenager in 2009.

At the time, Grimes was just 16.

Rich says if Alabama had a Truth in Sentencing policy, Grimes would not have been able to have access to the child he's just been charged with harming.

Rich said, "For every day that you're sentenced, you served it. You don't get credit for good time. Basically he was getting, for every day he served on those two prior sentences, he was getting three days free."

Thursday morning, Judge George Hardesty granted a motion by the District Attorney's office to increase the charge from a Class B felony to a Class A felony, which, if convicted, means no less than ten years in jail.

Hardesty also increased Grimes' bond from $10,000 to $60,000. 

A preliminary hearing for Grimes is set for January 3rd.

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