Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dad jailed for abusing 5-month-old daughter; baby in critical condition (Hollis, Oklahoma)

Wonder if this was a custody/visitation situation.

Dad is identified as RICKY GARCIA.

Hollis father jailed on child abuse complaint

Posted: Oct 31, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Updated: Oct 31, 2014 6:27 PM EDT

By Derek Hendy, Internet Content Director

HOLLIS, Okla._A five-month old girl is in critical condition after she was allegedly being abused by her father.

Ricky Garcia was arrested Friday morning for the crime. The OSBI says the girl's mother took the baby to the emergency room in Hollis on Sunday. The child was ultimately transferred to Oklahoma City where she remains. Doctors said the baby had a broken arm and leg, as well as bruises on her head and body. She also had retinal hemorrhaging, which can be caused by shaken baby syndrome or severe blows to the head.

Witnesses, who were inside the apartment when the baby was hurt, told investigators that her father was the only one who had contact with her when the abuse occurred.

Garcia is in jail on a $500,000 bond on a single count of child abuse.