Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dad arrested for abusing 2-month-old baby; infant has life-threatening injuries (Okanogan County, Washington)

Dad is identified as ANDREW J. SPRINT.


Father arrested for abusing two-month-old

The Chronicle As of Monday, April 28, 2014

A father is in the Okanogan County Jail after being arrested for allegedly abusing his two-month-old baby.

Andrew J. Sprint, 28, of East Wenatchee, was booked into the Okanogan County Jail last Tuesday and facing a charge of first-degree assault of a child, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said today.

Sprint was arrested without incident about five days after authorities received a call from Child Protective Services about a baby being transported to Central Washington Hospital.

The baby was unresponsive when an ambulance took the baby April 16 to the hospital, the sheriff said. The child was then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for a subdural hematoma.

"The suspect in the case was the baby’s father," Gjesdal said, noting Sprint was caring for his baby when it was taken to the hospital.

"Witnesses were very concerned about the rough way Sprint handled the baby and the harsh verbal treatment the baby was subjected to," the sheriff said. "The baby’s doctor at Children’s Hospital said the baby’s injuries were the result of “abusive head trauma” which occurred while the baby was in the care of his father."

According to Gjesdal, the injuries were "life-threatening, significant and permanent."

The baby's condition was not immediately available.