Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dad accused of assaulting, strangling 3-month-old daughter gets psych eval (Bay City, Michigan)

Dad is identified as GARRETT D. GWIZDALA. The mother was not at home. Apparently another case where Daddy got "frustrated" from normal infantile crying.


Bay City father charged with child abuse in connection with 3-month-old's injuries sent for psychiatric evaluation
By Cole Waterman on September 02, 2014 at 9:54 AM

BAY CITY, MI — A Bay City father accused by prosecutors of abusing his 3-month-old daughter has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

Bay County District Judge Dawn A. Klida on Friday, Aug. 22, granted a motion filed by defense attorney Bruce K. Mannikko to have his client, Garrett D. Gwizdala, sent to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti. Staff there are to gauge Gwizdala's criminal responsibility.

Gwizdala is charged with first-degree child abuse, second-degree child abuse and assault by strangulation. The first charge is punishable by up to life imprisonment, while the latter two are 10-year felonies.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at his residence in the 3400 block of North Euclid Avenue the afternoon of Wednesday, June 25. According to police, Gwizdala called 911 at 5:32 p.m., requesting medical attention for his daughter who was not breathing.

A Bay County Sheriff's deputy also responded to the house. Gwizdala initially said he was lying on a couch with the baby on his chest, and that the child fell off and landed face-down on the floor, Undersheriff Troy Cunningham previously said.

"He later made admissions to what really happened, and we learned his original story was completely false," Cunningham said, adding the child's mother was not home at the time of the alleged incident.

Cunningham said Gwizdala told detectives he knowingly hurt the child. Gwizdala told detectives he obstructed the child's breathing and was upset because she wouldn't stop crying, Cunningham said.

The baby was taken via ambulance to McLaren Bay Region hospital and later transferred to Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw for further treatment. Cunningham said the baby had injuries that indicated prior abuse.

Gwizdala previously served a three-year probation term after pleading guilty to second-degree home invasion, a crime he committed in October 2008. He was discharged from probation on Feb. 1, 2012.

Gwizdala's case is set for a settlement conference before Klida on Friday, Sept. 12.