4-month-old with brain injury brought to hospital by father
By JOE GORMAN
Police are investigating after a 4-month-old Cambridge Avenue boy was taken to a local hospital with a brain injury.
The baby’s father told hospital staff that he found the mother passed out and his son on the floor.
Lt. Doug Bobovnik of the detective bureau said Friday that investigators have spoken to “persons of interest” and also other witnesses, as well as prosecutors.
The baby was taken to the Boardman campus of Akron Children’s Hospital about 8 p.m. Tuesday by his father, who was concerned the baby was not breathing. Police were called by the hospital about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday.
Hospital workers told police the baby’s father told them he was worried about his son after he had received several texts from the baby’s 27-year-old mother saying she could not handle the baby’s crying, a police report said.
The father then told hospital staff that he went to the home and found the mother passed out and the baby on the floor, the police report added.
The father and mother then went to the Boardman campus, and the father went with his son to the main campus in Akron when he was transferred. The officer did not have a chance to interview him that night.
A social worker at the Boardman campus told police the mother appeared to be intoxicated.
The officer who spoke to the mother wrote in his report that she appeared to be under the influence of something and did not understand how serious the injuries to her son were. The officer wrote her eyes were bloodshot, her speech was slurred and she smelled of alcohol.
The mother told police she was in the shower and placed the baby in a car seat but did not secure him, and when she came out of the shower the baby was on the floor.
She denied passing out, and said she had cared for the baby by herself the previous two days but the baby was not acting right, reports said.
Hospital personnel told police the baby had injuries to two separate parts of his brain. The officer wrote the mother kept asking when she could take the baby home and her version of events was “startlingly different” than the father’s.
The Mahoning County Childrens Services Board was also notified.
A spokeswoman at Akron Children’s on Friday afternoon could not provide a condition report on the baby.