Among the injuries he's accused of inflicting on his girlfriend’s toddler, court documents say, “a subdural hematoma,” or bleeding on the brain, “spinal fractures… bruises on the boy's body including genitals,” and “retinal hemorrhages.”
Doctors also found older scars on the boy’s bottom
At first, Ironshell said the boy fell at the playground; but he later told police that he caused the injuries. A probable cause affidavit quotes Ironshell as saying, “I spanked him really hard" and "I hurt my own hand."
Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood elaborates, “In one recent incident, it was reported that he spanked the child so hard that both of them fell over.” They fell into a shower stall.
The affidavit states Ironshell knew the boy was injured after the spanking because of the way the child walked around “stiff-legged.” Ironshell also noted the Darrek’s back was swollen.
The affidavit says Ironshell was extremely emotional, telling investigators he was very sorry for what he had done and that he did not mean for the victim to be injured like he was. The report says the Ironshell “said it was his fault the victim was injured.”
Darrek has been released from the hospital and in foster care. Channel 6 News is told he's still coping with some vision and balance problems.
Police have not arrested his 19 year-old mother, but they and Health and Human Services are still investigating. They say she has no criminal history.
Ironshell does have a record for assault and drugs. He's now charged with 2 counts of felony child abuse, facing up to 70 years jail time combined and a $25,000 fine.
A public defender has been assigned his case. Ironshell told a judge Tuesday that he could not afford an attorney. He said he owns a tattoo shop but business has been slow.
If he manages to come up with $5,000 to bond out, he must stay away from children aged 16 or younger per judge’s order. He asked the judge, “Does that include my own son?”
She replied, “Yes.”