PAWTUCKET -- The father of a baby girl has been charged with first-degree child abuse after the infant was hospitalized with serious head trauma, including a skull fracture and facial injuries, the police said this afternoon.
Michael Patriquin, 23, of Malvern Street, Pawtucket, was arraigned in District Court today and ordered held on $100,000 bail, the police said in a statement.
Police were called to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence on Saturday for a report of possible child abuse that happened in Pawtucket.
The infant, born Oct. 7 and now 20 days old, is in serious, but stable condition at the hospital and released from the Intensive Care unit today, according to the police.
The police said that, at this time, she is expected to recover from the injuries but testing continues at the hospital.
Patriquin lives on Malvern Street with his girlfriend, who is the child's mother, the child and a 2-year-old daughter.
Investigators from the state Department of Children, Youth and Families have taken custody of the 2-year-old.