Tacoma couple charged after delay in bringing injured son to hospital

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a Tacoma couple with second-degree criminal mistreatment for allegedly failing to bring their 16-month-old son to a hospital after he was seriously injured.

The boy was in shock May 11 when he arrived at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and was having trouble breathing.

He had a skull fracture, bleeding in his brain, a liver injury, bruising on his back and arms, and was dehydrated, according to charging papers.

Doctors said that if the boy “survived his injuries, his capabilities would be extremely limited,” records show.

An arraignment date has not been set for parents Sierra Butterfield, 21, and Neal Taylor, 29.

Hospital officials called police after treating the boy. Butterfield told detectives her son might have been hurt when his older sister fell on him. Doctors said that would not have caused the boy’s injuries.

Taylor and Butterfield said their son acted “fussy” two days before they brought him to the hospital, refusing food and not urinating.

She called her doctor for advice and eventually sought help.

It’s unknown what caused the boy’s injuries.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653