2-Year-Old Girl Brought to Hospital Bruised and Unresponsive; Palm Coast Man Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse
FlaglerLive | February 27, 2014
When Stanley Wykretowicz, a 38-year-old resident of 110 Laguna Forest Trail in Palm Coast, brought his 2-year-old daughter to Florida Hospital Flagler’s emergency room on Monday (Feb. 24), the little girl was unresponsive.
Wykretowicz told hospital staff that she’d been vomiting for two days after her meals, and that while having breakfast that morning, she began vomiting again. When Wykretowicz took her to the bathroom to clean her up–in his retelling of the events, according to his arrest report–he saw his daughter get a blank look on her face, and her body started to get cold. He took her to the ER rather than call 911.
Assessing the girl, the medical staff observed bruises on her forehead, abdomen, back, and buttocks area. The bruises appeared to be one to two days old, according to the ER staff, and were not consistent with being new injuries, the arrest report states. The girl’s temperature was 91.2 degrees. Normal temperature is 98.6. The girl was transferred to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville.
Once there, the girl’s condition was revealed to be “very severe,” according to the arrest report, and that she needed surgery to her abdomen. Surgery revealed lacerations to her colon–injuries that were two to three days old, the surgeon said, noting that “this type of injury could only be caused by blunt force trauma,” according to the report. Medical personnel from the Department of Children and Families’ Child Protective Team confirmed the assessment, and determined that the injuries could be life-threatening.
Wykretowicz told a deputy that he was the primary caregiver for the child, and that he and his 13–year-old daughter have lived in Palm Coast since last August. He said he is the only caregiver, and that he doesn’t leave the child in anyone else’s hands, though he conceded that when he takes his 13 year old to school, he leaves the 2 year old alone at the house.
When asked about the bruises, Wykretowicz said the child bruises easily, and that she’d fallen in the bathtub on Sunday, hitting her head on the spout and possibly on her bath toys in the tub, which, according to Wykretowicz, caused the bruises on her back and buttocks. He said the girl also fell while trying to get out of the bathtub Monday, hitting her abdomen area on the side of the tub. While giving her a bath on Monday, Wykretowicz said he noticed that her abdomen was bloated, “so he stuck his index finger down her throat to try to make her vomit,” according to the report. Wykretowicz’s hand bore a distinct bite mark.
“Based on the ER doctor’s evaluation and the CPT medical personnel,” the arrest report states, the child’s injuries “are not consistent with the explanation provided by” Wykretowicz.
Wykretowicz was charged with aggravated child abuse, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and aggravated child neglect, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Wykretowicz was booked at the Flagler County jail on $150,000 bond.
The child remains in critical but stable condition as of Thursday.