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Police called after 7-month-old Oklahoma City boy is taken to hospital with several injuries

Oklahoma City police are investigating whether a 7-month-old boy taken to a hospital with several bone fractures and a severe tear to a muscle under his tongue was abused.

Officers were called to the hospital about 6 p.m. Tuesday and met with medical staff who said the baby's injuries appeared to be caused by child abuse.

The infant's mother brought him to the hospital. She told officials he was having some stomach pain, running a fever and vomiting. An ultrasound of the child's stomach revealed that the baby's liver appeared to be enlarged, according to a police report.

The woman told staff she also thought her son's right arm was hurting him. After a full body scan, medical officials said the baby had a broken right shoulder and bilateral fractures in multiple places in both his legs. The fractures were in various stages of healing.

According to the report, the infant had multiple rib fractures and a lacerated liver. A doctor told police the liver injury is common with blunt force trauma.

Master Sgt. Gary Knight said the child has been placed in protective custody and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The baby's mother told police she has never seen anyone in the home be violent to the child.

She said, “If it's anybody in the house it would be my boyfriend.”

The woman said her boyfriend was not ready to be a father and had a troubled youth, police said. She said she works days and leaves her son with her boyfriend and her stepmom.

Due to the severity of the injuries, police also took three other children from the home and placed them in protective custody, according to the report.

Tiffany Gibson

Tiffany Gibson has worked for The Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the enterprise team and digital desk. In addition to writing and web editing, she creates interactive features for and assists with data visualization and... Read more ›

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