The Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office will not pursue charges against the caregivers of a 6-month-old girl who suffered serious injuries Wednesday, as the head trauma has been deemed to have been the result of an accident.
“Based on the results of the investigation and after conferring with neurologists from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Guernsey County Prosecutor’s Office, no criminal charges will be filed in this case,” said Sheriff Jeff Paden in a press release.
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Authorities declined to say how the girl suffered the head trauma, stating in the release that “injuries sustained by a 6-month-old infant are believed to be accidental in nature.”
The girl was flown by medical helicopter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus after initially being taken to Southeastern Med for treatment.
Interviews, investigation conducted after 6-month-old infant sustains injuries
Deputies were dispatched to the Cambridge hospital just after 2 a.m. Wednesday when a staffer reported the girl was being treated in the emergency department for a brain bleed.
Paden said hospital staff are mandatory reporters by Ohio law.
On arrival, deputies spoke with the mother of the child and her boyfriend just prior to the girl being flown to the Columbus hospital.
“At that time, the investigation was assigned to the Investigation Division,” said Paden.
Over the next 48 hours, detectives conducted interviews, reviewed medical records and worked with medical personnel from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, case workers from Guernsey County Children Services and the prosecutor’s office.
No other information was released by the sheriff’s office, including the condition of the infant.