LORAIN – Police are investigating the cause of injuries to a 4-year-old boy who was taken Friday to Mercy Regional Medical Center.
The boy had a broken arm, scratches on his neck and bruises on his spine, according to police Officer James Connell’s report.
The 27-year-old city man baby-sitting the 4-year-old and the boy’s 2-year-old brother for his girlfriend said the scratches may have come from when he had trouble removing the boy’s shirt. He said the boy woke up sweaty after a nap. Connell wrote that the spine bruises appeared to be older than the other injuries.
The man told Connell the arm injury occurred after he picked up the boy by the arm to check if he had gone to the bathroom in his pants and heard a popping sound. He said the boy was sitting cross legged watching television when he picked him up.
The boy suffers from mental retardation and requires a feeding tube, the boy’s mother said. She was working while her boyfriend baby sat.
The mother said she trusts her boyfriend who has been babysitting the boys since moving in with her in March and believes her son’s injuries were accidental. Connell wrote that he notified Children Services worker Cathy Isner who met with the couple.
Isner determined the boy would stay at the hospital overnight and his brother would spend the night with his uncle. The report was referred to the prosecutor’s office. Patti-Jo Burtnett, Lorain County Children Services spokeswoman, didn’t return a call for comment Sunday.