Joshua Avila took his 6-month-old child to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital after noticing “signs of changed behavior” and a potential “brain injury,” police mentioned.
But what hospital staff discovered earlier this month was much more troubling.
The child boy had three fractures in one leg and 4 in the opposite, a subdural hemorrhage and a retinal detachment, in accordance with a report.
Avila, 30, and the newborn’s mom, Sheyla Arauz, 28, were arrested and charged April 16 with little one neglect with nice bodily hurt.
Both are out of jail on a $15,000 bond after showing in courtroom April 17, courtroom information present. Their formal courtroom look is scheduled for May 17.
Attorney Gabriel Hawa, who’s representing Arauz and Avila, each of Miami, mentioned his purchasers are” each loving parents.”
“They look forward to fighting allegations in court,” he mentioned.
Hawa added the newborn is in the hospital recovering from his accidents and the married couple’s 3-year-old-son is in the care of his paternal grandfather.
According to police, Avila introduced the newborn to the hospital on April 10 at about 11 p.m.
“Upon medical examination of the child it was learned that the victim sustained extensive traumatic injuries indicative of possible child abuse,” an officer wrote in a report.
The little one was then examined by a member of the University of Miami Child Protection Team, a gaggle of pediatricians, nurses and different professionals tasked with helping the Department of Child and Families with evaluating circumstances of suspected little one abuse.
A spokeswoman for Nicklaus mentioned Tuesday the hospital “complies with requirements established by Florida law regarding the reporting of confirmed or suspected child abuse/neglect.”
“We cannot comment on any confidential matters, including reports to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or law enforcement,” the hospital mentioned in an e-mail. “Reports to DCF, or the DCF Hotline, are confidential and protected. As advocates for children, our responsibility is to protect vulnerable patients/persons and to respect the confidential nature of investigations and evaluations of child abuse/neglect.”
DCF didn’t reply to a request for info Tuesday.
Police famous that each Avila and Arauz “were aware of the victim’s injuries when they occurred.”
The defendant and the co-defendant did not act and search medical help for the sufferer, whereas understanding the sufferer was injured and in want of medical therapy,” an officer wrote.
Neither appeared to have a historical past of arrests, information confirmed.
After being learn their rights, each parents declined to remark, in accordance with the report.
To report suspected little one abuse in Florida name 1-800-962-2873, Florida Relay 711 or TTY 1-800-955-8771. A report can be filed on-line at https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us.