The baby’s father told hospital staff the injuries occurred when the infant fell from a couch
Infant’s injury in Boardman prompts probe
Boardman police are investigating the injury of a 3-month-old boy that occurred Saturday at the child’s home.
Police were dispatched to Akron Children’s Hospital on Market Street about 7:30 p.m. after a hospital social worker told them a man brought his infant son in for injuries about 2 p.m. that day.
The baby was unconscious and not breathing when upon arrival at the hospital, and hospital personnel administered CPR.
The father told hospital staff that the child was asleep on the couch at the Meadowbrook Avenue home when the family dog jumped on the couch. The father said he removed the dog from the couch and the baby fell to the carpeted floor, losing consciousness.
The father took the baby to the hospital, and the baby’s mother, who wasn’t home when the injury occurred, also arrived at Akron Children’s.
A CAT scan showed nine rib fractures as well as “multiple brain bleeds which appeared to be from previous injuries,” according to a police report.
“Hospital staff stated the severity of the child’s injuries made it highly unlikely to have occurred from falling off a couch,” the report said.
The hospital also contacted Mahoning County Children’s Services.
The baby boy was taken by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron where he was being treated in the intensive-care unit.