MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A three-month-old baby has been taken into protective custody after arriving at a Manhattan hospital with serious injuries. Officials believe that someone who was supposed to care for the child ended up abusing him.
On the morning of Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the baby boy arrived at Mercy Regional Health Center on College Avenue in Manhattan with a head injury, Riley County police said. The infant was then transferred to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka for treatment. The medical staff notified police about possible signs of abuse stemming from the child’s injuries.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families was notified and the baby was taken into police protective custody while the investigation continues.
The Riley County Police Department is handling the case as an Aggravated Battery and Abuse of a Child.
Lieutenant Josh Kyle, an RCPD spokesman, says the incident happened in the south central portion of Manhattan, leaving the three-month-old with possible internal injuries and “other major injuries.”
He declined to release further details. Kyle said that investigative leads were being followed up on but a preliminary investigation indicated that a care taker harmed the child.
The child’s name was not released. Kyle did not know if he was still in the hospital Monday. Without a name, staff members at Stormont-Vail Hospital could not check on the baby’s status.
An arrest has not yet been made as the police probe continues.