5-week-old baby's injuries investigated as child abuse
Ada — A Sunday school teacher
was charged with child abuse of a 5-week-old baby
yesterday in Pontotoc County District Court.
Travis Dempsey, 29
, Pickett, faces the charge after Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian investigated a report from child welfare Feb. 10.
The baby, born Jan. 9, 2009, was taken to Valley View Regional Hospital with a broken femur (thigh bone
). The baby was transferred to OU Medical Center where three more injuries came to light
, Christian said.
Christian said the child had a fractured skull and a fracture above each knee. The fractures above the knees appeared to be healing and were about two weeks old.
( That would make the baby ony 3 weeks old WTF!!)
At first, Dempsey said he was holding the baby in a blanket and the infant slipped out, falling to the floor.
Christian said because of the multiple occurrences of the injuries, he had reason not to believe the blanket story. Through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the C.A.R.E. Cottage, Christian was able to coordinate an investigation.
Christian interviewed Dempsey where he again gave the blanket story, saying the child’s head hit a floor heater
Finally, Christian said, Dempsey disclosed he had lost his temper because the baby was crying.
“He said he ‘rammed the baby’s legs up to his chest and twisted,’”
Christian said. Dempsey said he heard the snap of the baby’s leg at that point.
Christian said Dempsey admitted to grabbing the baby by the waist, raising him up and “slung it down to hit the floor.” The sheriff said this is how the baby received the skull fracture.
“It takes a tremendous amount of force to break a baby’s bones,” Christian said. As an infant, bones are rather flexible due to development and the birth process.
Dempsey faces the charge of child abuse and is currently being held on a $250,000 bond. Christian said he is unsure of the church where Dempsey taught Sunday school.
At this time, the baby’s mother is not facing charges. Christian said she claims she did not know about the abuse.
Christian said the baby is currently in custody with child welfare and doctors expect the infant to make a full recovery from the injuries.