Emaciated infant taken from Everett parents

EVERETT — The baby was 5 weeks old when her dire condition came to the attention of doctors in late September.

They, in turn, called police.

A medical report indicated the girl appeared starved when she was admitted to the hospital. Her ears and nose were raw and scabbed. A part of one ear had turned black and had dropped off, according to a search warrant.

A pediatrician with 23 years experience told an Everett detective that the girl was the most emaciated and “scariest baby I’ve ever seen.” The doctor noticed that the child sucked nonstop on her mother’s finger. Medical professionals said the baby exhibited behavioral patterns consistent with a desperately hungry child.

She weighed a little more than 5 pounds on Sept. 27 — a pound less than her Aug. 22 birth weight.

Doctors could not find an underlying medical condition that might explain the weight loss.

So far, police haven’t found an explanation, either.

“Allegations of crimes against children are taken seriously and we will continue to investigate,” Everett police officer Aaron Snell said. “At this point we are still gathering information.”

No arrests have been made.

The parents, 28 and 22, offered explanations of the baby’s low weight and mysterious injuries that have become the focus of question by doctors and police.

They told authorities that the baby liked to rub her nose and ears against the side of her bassinet, but doctors said that the injuries weren’t consistent with the developmental abilities of someone so young. Doctors said the injuries were most likely caused by pressure, not rubbing.

In a search warrant, the detective wrote: “I was aghast at the child’s appearance, and felt it unlikely the injuries to her ears could have been caused as explained by her parents.”

The baby was taken into protective custody and gained weight soon after arriving at the hospital.

Doctors specializing in investigating child abuse say the ear injuries could have been caused by clips being placed on the baby’s ears to keep a pacifier in place in her mouth.

One doctor reported being struck by the father’s behavior, saying he appeared to be disturbed by the medical monitoring alarms and the baby crying at the hospital. He said the father moved to a corner and covered his ears, saying something to the effect of, “Make it stop.”

The man has extensive domestic violence history in Washington and elsewhere, according to the search warrant.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Case unresolved: The noose at an Edmonds construction site

Though two were fired over comments about it, police were unable to determine who put it there.

To get drug money, Lynnwood man says he cut 911 wires

Those wires happened to be the ones used by 911 dispatchers, but emergency services weren’t affected.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Motorcyclist killed in crash had high level of THC

A motorcyclist had more than eight times the legal limit… Continue reading

Police: Driver threatens pedestrian, ends up in drug bust

Meth, cocaine and heroin were found in his car, along with a loaded pistol and cash, police say.

Son arrested for hitting father on head at Marysville home

The father grabbed a metal rod and struck his son in the head, too. Both needed medical treatment.

Most Read