Note: the charges against Retamozzo and Wykretowicz were dropped in March 2018.
A year ago next week, Stanley Wykretowicz, a 38-year-old resident of Palm Coast and a master sergeant in the Army National Guard, brought a critically injured and unresponsive 2-year-old girl to Florida Hospital Flagler’s emergency room, claiming she’d been vomiting after meals and gone cold when he took her to the bathroom to clean her up, and had gotten injured from falling in the tub.
Hospital staff reached a different conclusion. The girl had bruises on her forehead, abdomen, back and buttocks area. The bruises were two to three days old. She had a temperature of 91.2 (normal temperature is 98.6). A doctor concluded that the injuries could only be caused by blunt force trauma.
Wykretowicz, an ex-corrections officer in Orange County, N.Y., according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with aggravated child abuse, a first degree felony, and neglect of a child causing great harm, a second degree felony, and jailed. He posted bail on $150,000 bond and pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on March 4.
On Tuesday, Wykretowicz was arrested again on child abuse charge and a domestic battery by strangulation charge, this time involving his 14-year-old daughter. Also arrested was 33-year-old Cherrie Retamozzo, who lives with Wykretowicz at their 110 Laguna Forest Trail home in Palm Coast.
According to the two individuals’ arrest reports, the 14-year-old daughter had allegedly come home with a bad grade on a test on Feb. 2. The couple confronted her. The girl got up to leave. But one of the two adults grabbed her wrist, and despite her protestations that it hurt, they allegedly “started pushing and hitting her.”
Wykretowicz reportedly had a “disgusted look on his face,” pointing to school work and candy wrappers in the girl’s room. The girl and the adult woman struggled, with Retamozzo, according to her arrest report, pushing her down on the couch, grabbing her by the hair, punching her in the stomach twice and preventing her from getting up, all the while in front of Wykretowicz, who did not intervene.
The two adults then handed the girl a list of house rules and ordered her to read them out loud. When the girl “resisted,” Wykretowicz allegedly “pushed his finger into her windpipe area of her neck and told her to start reading. [The girl] stated it hurt and she couldn’t breathe. Stated it felt like forever while choking her.” (When Wykretowicz was arrested a year ago he claimed that, when he noticed the 2-year-old victim being bloated, he claimed to have “stuck his index finger down her throat to try to make her vomit.” His hand at the time bore bite marks.)
In the latest alleged abuse, the 14-year-old girl claimed, in an interview with the Child Protective Team, that Retamozzo grabbed her mouth and chin area to force her to talk, bruising her there. The girl then went to her room, cried and did homework. After Retamozzo took her son to baseball practice, Wykretowicz would come into the girl’s room to “tell her he loved her and she would start crying.” Yet Wykretowicz and Retamozzo, the gilr told the protective team, call her “worthless” every day, making her “hurt inside” and causing her to cut herself as recently as Feb. 1.
She told the protection team that the adult couple argues a lot, and that since the incident, she’s had nightmares “of her being younger and Stan picking her up and throwing her by the neck.” When the 14-year-old girl contacted her older sister in New York City to tell her about the dreams, her sister told her that “the incident she described did happen to her when she was younger.” (The arrest report does not specify whether “her,” in this case, is the 14 year old or the older sister.)
The girl requested from authorities to stay at a new, undisclosed location out fear of returning to her father’s house.
In this latest incident, Wykretowicz is charged with aggravated child abuse and willful torture, a second-degree felony, and battery by strangulation, a third-degree felony. Retamozzo is charged with one count of aggravated child abuse and willful torture. She is being held on $10,000 bond.