Friday, July 24, 2015

Dad accused of seriously abusing 20-month-old daughter; girl went into cardiac arrest with 16 rib fractures, liver, spleen lacerations (Austin, Texas)

Another "caretaking" dad with no mention of a mother in the home.

Dad is identified as BRYANT DAVIS.

Father accused of injuring child during potty training

Austin man arrested in child abuse case

Shannon Murray, KVUE 9:41 a.m. CDT July 22, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force has arrested a 27-year-old Austin man accused of seriously injuring his 20-month-old during a potty training accident.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bryant Davis called 911 around 3:15 p.m. on July 9 for his child reportedly having a seizure.

The toddler went to Dell Children's Medical Center, where she went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated. CT scans of the child showed 16 rib fractures in various stages of healing, lacerations of the liver and spleen, possible collapsed lung and bleeding in the brain.

Davis initially told police he was not aware of how the toddler was injured, but on July 17 agreed to reenact what happened in his home and to have it recorded.

In the reenactment, Davis said he slapped his child after she "peed and pooped on the living room floor," the affidavit said. Davis also said he spanked the toddler and while in the bathroom slammed her onto the toilet seat and she hit her head on the lid.

Davis told police his toddler had the seizure while using an inhaler. He said he pulled a front tooth while trying to remove the inhaler from her mouth before calling EMS.

Two physicians with Dell Children's Child Abuse Resource and Education Team told police the injuries "are most consistent with physical abuse."

According to police, the toddler is at Dell Children's Medical Center intensive care unit in critical condition.

Davis has been charged with felony injury to a child, serious bodily injury. According to the Travis County Jail, he is being held on $500,000 bail.