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Abuse suspected in brain injuries to 10-week-old Wichita girl

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 10:56 a.m.

A 10-week-old Wichita baby suffered injuries that resulted in surgery to relieve pressure on her brain, police said Tuesday.

The child is in police protective custody and recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said.

The investigation is ongoing, and there have been no arrests.

Nolte gave this account: A nurse at Wesley reported the suspected child abuse Monday after the baby’s mother brought her to the emergency room. The baby had been with her father for eight hours, and when the mother came to pick up the baby Monday morning, her eyes didn’t seem to track correctly and rolled back, and she seemed very lethargic. The mother took the baby to the hospital right after she picked up the child from the father, Nolte said. Medical staff did a brain scan took that showed significant trauma.

After the surgery, the baby is expected to survive, Nolte said. But he noted that the injury to the brain was significant.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com

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