Police have arrested a 32-year-old Lawrence man accused of abusing his 5-month-old daughter after she was admitted to the hospital this week with bone fractures.
Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said medical officials alerted police to the possible abuse when the child was brought to a doctor’s office on Wednesday.
“Any time that we are investigating a crime with a 5-month-old child involved, we’re of course going to give it our most attention,” Sarna said.
He said the child suffered multiple bone fractures and was eventually taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a Kansas City-area hospital that was not identified. Sarna said the child’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Officers began investigating, and they arrested the suspect after his interview late Thursday night. He was booked into Douglas County Jail on charges of aggravated battery and child abuse.
He likely won’t face formal charges until Monday, prosecutors said Friday.
Sarna said officers believe the abuse occurred at the family’s residence in south-central Lawrence. Officers were still investigating to try to determine a time frame for the alleged abuse, but they do not believe the suspect used a weapon, he said.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said the suspect would likely appear before a judge today to get his bond set. But a first appearance on the formal charges likely won’t happen until Monday afternoon.
The Journal-World generally does not name suspects unless they are officially charged.