Crime

Ferndale man pleads guilty to fracturing leg, bruising face of toddler

McClatchy

A 24-year-old Ferndale man pleaded guilty last week for assaulting a toddler that resulted in a fractured limb.

Ty Antonio Garrett was sentenced Oct. 11 in Whatcom County Superior Court to three months in jail for third-degree assault of a child. Garrett can serve his time with in-custody work crew or work release, according to court records. He was originally charged with second-degree assault of a child and fourth-degree assault.

On Oct. 16, 2016, Ferndale police received a call from St. Joseph hospital’s emergency room saying that a then 2-year-old boy had multiple bruises on his face and a suspected fractured leg bone that may require surgery, according to court records. Hospital staff suspected child abuse.

The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where doctors found he had a femoral fracture, in addition to the facial bruising. Child Protective Services and police were notified because of the injuries, according to court records.

Authorities later found out Garrett had been the boy’s caregiver at the time of the injuries – Garrett was dating the boy’s mother at the time, according to court records.

When he was originally interviewed, Garrett denied hurting the child and claimed the injuries were accidents, but later admitted he made up the stories because “he did not want anyone to think he was mean to the child,” according to the records.

On Oct. 15, 2016, Garrett got angry at the boy and grabbed his face and squeezed, after the boy kept spitting his lunch out on the ground. On the following day, the child became fussy while Garrett was changing his diaper, so Garrett got frustrated, yanked the boy by his leg and dangled him in the air, according to court records. Garrett told police he heard a “pop” when he pulled the boy’s leg and that he “wasn’t paying attention to (his) strength,” the records state.

As part of his sentence, Garrett can have no contact with the boy for the next five years.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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