Bruised Wichita baby is third case of suspected child abuse this week

10/17/2012 11:20 AM

10/17/2012 11:20 AM

Wichita police are investigating a suspected child abuse case involving an 11-month-old boy who was brought to a hospital with bruising around his head and ribs, police said Wednesday.

It is the third child abuse case disclosed by Wichita police this week. On Monday, police told reporters about a baby with a broken leg and on Tuesday a baby with brain injuries.

The latest case was reported at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. The 11-month-old’s mother brought him to Wesley Regional Medical Center; medical personnel were concerned because the type and location of the bruising wasn’t consistent with the account of how the injuries happened, police Lt. Doug Nolte said. The child supposedly fell off a bed, Nolte said.

The child’s injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, he said.

The child has been placed in police protective custody, and the investigation is ongoing, Nolte said. No arrests have been made.

Nolte said he couldn’t say that there has been a spike in child abuse but added, “unfortunately it’s an occurrence that happens way too often.”

The community should pay attention to families who need help, he said. There can be contributing factors, including economic problems, that can lead parents to abuse their children, Nolte said.

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