A Parkland man was ordered jailed Wednesday in lieu of $500,000 bail while authorities investigated allegations he beat his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter so badly she suffered a skull fracture.
Thomas R. Babler, 26, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree child assault. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Wednesday his office would make a formal charging decision Friday.
“This is an ongoing investigation with medical evidence, but what’s apparent at this point is the defendant somehow lost his temper and brutally assaulted this defenseless 1-year-old child,” Lindquist said during an interview in his office.
Sheriff’s detectives were called to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a possible case of child abuse, court records show.
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A doctor told them the girl had a complex skull fracture, internal cranial bleeding and multiple bruises on her body, the records show.
The girl’s mother told detectives she left her daughter with Babler that morning when she left for school.
The woman said she texted Babler about 10 a.m. to ask after the child, and he told her the girl was “loopy” after falling of the couch, records show.
“He also said (the girl) could not walk straight but was getting better,” deputy prosecutor Heather de Maine wrote in a declaration of probable cause.
The girl’s mother returned home, noticed that something wasn’t right with her daughter and called a nurse, who advised her to take the girl to the hospital, court records show.
Babler allegedly tried to persuade his girlfriend not to take the girl to the hospital and said, “Don’t make me throw you again” when the girl started to cry, according to the declaration for probable cause.
The girl remained hospitalized Wednesday.