Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man in Edgewater late Thursday night who was wanted on a local warrant for aggravated child abuse. Volusia Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson says 21-year old Brian Bouchard was located in a car near Acee Drive and Tatum Boulevard in Edgewater Thursday night after officers received a tip. Bouchard was arrested in connection with a 14-month old toddler who was hurt severely over the weekend and is still “…fighting for its life…” according to Officer Davidson. Investigators say they are still not sure how the child was hurt, but they are certain that the “…massive head injuries couldn’t have occurred from an accidental fall.” The child, evidently, is still being treated at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.
Saturday evening incident
Deputies and medics were called to a residence on North Parkway Street in the Deland area early Saturday evening, where they were told the child had fallen and hit his head on the ground. The child was said to be breathing but unresponsive. Deputies noted that there was “…swelling and bruising to the face of the child…” in addition to the severe head injury. The Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One, flew the child to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach for treatment, and then to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. Officer Davidson says one of the first doctors evaluating the child at the emergency room said the child had retinal hemorrhages and several skull fractures.
Investigation led to warrant
The Sheriff’s Office says that Bouchard had been watching the child while the child’s mother was working, and told investigators the boy had fallen while running from the kitchen. However, Sheriff’s investigators say Bouchard “…gave various and conflicting stories…in rambling interviews.” As the investigation continued, the Sheriff’s Major Case Unit learned that 9-1-1 had likely not been called when the boy was first hurt, and that Bouchard did not call the child’s mother about the injuries until almost two hours after the initial incident. Investigators sought the warrant on aggravated child abuse from Circuit Court Judge Randell H. Rowe III, who issued the warrant and specified that Bouchard be held without bond. The Sheriff’s Office also said the child’s mother told them that Bouchard was concerned that his probation would be revoked over the incident. He had been placed on probation earlier in the year, officers say. The Sheriff’s Office also says Bouchard and the child’s mother had been living together for about three months.
After officers located Bouchard in Edgewater Thursday night, he was expected to be transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
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