Parents of 5-week-old arrested after child suffered ‘physical abuse’

Parents of the abused child arrested (photo courtesy:WTHI)

WASHINGTON, Ind (WTHI) – The parents of a severely injured infant in Washington are expected to be formally charged Wednesday following an investigation by Washington Police and the Department of Child Services.

According to 24-Hour News 8 sister station, WTHI, Jail records show Matthew Palmer-Coy, 19, and Candis Freeburn, 28 of Washington, both face a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent. The charges come following an investigation which started July 16.

On that date, a court document shows Palmer-Coy and Freeburn took their 37-day-old baby to Daviess Community Hospital with a broken collarbone. According to court records, Palmer-Coy admitted to DCS investigators he did not know how the child suffered the injury.

The child, according to documents, was removed by DCS and taken to Riley Children’s Hospital.

An exam at the hospital revealed the child’s situation was much more grave.

Court records state, the child suffered:

-brain bleed
-skull fracture
-broken collar bone
-fractures on both arms
-forearm fracture
-rib fracture
-fractures on both legs
-bruises to genital area
-torn labial frenulum

A doctor is quoted in the court record stating, “all of which are characteristic of several physical abuse with abusive head trauma.”

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