NEW DETAILS: Document describes extent of injuries in Oro Valley child-abuse investigation
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A man and woman are both facing child abuse charges after a young Oro Valley child sustained multiple fractures.
The interim complaint shows that the child’s doctor discovered two broken wrists and a broken ankle, which appear to have resulted from three different incidents.
On Thursday, Sept. 2, Oro Valley police began an investigation in reference to possible child abuse.
According to officials, the victim, 20 months old, had sustained multiple fractures within the previous two weeks.
The investigation revealed the child was in the sole care of Brian Hendricks, the child’s mother’s boyfriend, when the injuries were sustained.
Hendricks and child’s mother, Brynn Buette, are each facing four counts of child abuse, according to the interim complaint.
The interim complaint says the child’s primary care physician reported that the child had sustained two fractures in the past two weeks. The injuries were a fractured left ankle and fractured left wrist.
According to the complaint, police obtained a warrant for Buette’s phone and found photos of bruises on the child’s chin, cheek and forehead. The photos were dated Aug. 20, which was two days before the ankle injury happened, according to the document. Buette allegedly did not seek medical attention for her child until the day after the injury, when her parents told her to.
The wrist injury happened on Sept. 1. Again Buette did not seek medical attention for her child until her parents told her to a “few hours later,” according to the complaint.
The complaint says a third, healing fracture was discovered on the child’s right wrist during a skeletal survey on Sept. 2.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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