HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department reports an investigation into the injury of a 5 week old baby has led to the arrest of a 24 year old Hoquiam man. Deputy Chief Jim Maloney tells us Yesterday morning detectives were called to Community Hospital to meet with Child Protective Services regarding the possible assault. The 20 year old mother of the child had taken her to the hospital because she had noticed the bruising. The woman reported to investigators that she had seen the child’s father pick up the newborn by the back of her neck.
The child was later trasferred to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital with bruising to an elbow, hip, the abdomen and neck, as well as a cut lip.
The father admitted to officers that had picked up the child in the manner described, and was taken into custody for Assault of a Child in the third degree. The child was placed in temporary CPS custody pending an exam and further investigation by CPS and the Hoquiam Police Department.