Local father arrested after his child dies - father repeatedly refused medical treatment.
A local Vietnam vet and father of 10 was arrested today for child endangerment and negligent homicide after his young child died from an untreated head wound. The man, who was a military medic 40 years ago, believed the injuries to be minor, until the child began having seizures and died. The series of events leading up to the death were as follows.
A child falls while 'horseplaying;' attempting to grab the handle of a moving car driven by his sister. Despite having hit his head on the pavement, paramedics are not notified by the family. A neighbor sees the incident, and, believing the child to possibly be badly injured, notifies emergency medical services.
EMS arrives and attempts to treat the injured child. The father refuses to allow a thourough exam and kicks out the medical personnel. He claims that he doesn't want to face the medical bills associated with further treatment. EMS leaves, but notifies social services.
Social services arrives, but is denied full access to the injured child. Even after offering to pay for the treatment, the father refuses to allow the child to be seen by a doctor. Social services notifies the courts, and a court order is obtained so that the child can be treated for the "huge hematoma and sluggish pupil," among other injuries, that are noted by the social workers during their brief interaction with the injured child.
Two deputies attempt to enforce the court order, but the father still refuses. He threatens the deputies, and tells them that they had better "bring an army" if they intend to enforce the order.
The deputies return, and the sheriff's office attempts to formulate a plan to enforce the order. While they mull over options, the child's condition worsens. As the sheriff's office puts together a team of negotiators, medical experts, family advocacy professionals, and the like, more time passes. Twenty-four hours after the injury, while the police are still working on a plan to enforce the court order, the child dies.
The father is arrested and charged. He never called paramedics, refused their services when they arrived, refused to let social workers examine the child, refused to take him for an evaluation even after other people volunteered to pay for it, and threatened the police who came to enforce a court order requiring him to submit the child to a medical evaluation. His depraved indifference to the child's welfare, coupled with his repeated refusal to allow medical professionals to provide even basic care, has him facing up to 15 years in jail.