Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dad charged with assaulting 2-year-old son during visitation (Port Orchard, Washington)

Wonder if this visit was court-ordered, and if so, by what judge. Dad is identified as SEAN SKYLER SURRATT.

Port Orchard father charged in assault of 2-year-old son

Port Orchard Independent Editor MARCH 22, 2013 · 9:31 AM

The father of a 2-year-old child was charged with one count of third-degree assault of a child after a local physician discovered a lesion on the face and bruises on the neck.

Sean Skyler Surratt, 25, was charged in Kitsap County District Court on March 19 after he was arrested one day earlier by Port Orchard police.

According to charging documents, Child Protective Services was notified by a local doctor who examined the boy on March 13. The boy’s mother took the child to a local clinic after she found bruising on the neck and spots on the left cheek.

The mother reported the child was in Surratt’s care from March 12 to March 13. When she picked him up, Surratt said the boy had been sick and vomiting, and that was why he was bruised and had marks on his face.

The doctor found petechia on the left side of the boy’s face and bruises on the left side of the neck. Petechia is red or purple spots on the body caused by minor hemorrhage, stated court documents.

CPS took the boy into custody and police contacted a forensic pathologist, who stated the petechia on the face and neck are consistent with external neck compression. Court documents stated Surratt denied grabbing his son and told investigators the marks were caused by vomiting.

Surratt was booked into the Kitsap County Jail and bond was set at $50,000.

If convicted, Surratt could receive a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.