Mother, Boyfriend Accused Of Abusing 2-Month-Old Baby Blame Other Child For Baby's Injuries


UPDATED: Thursday December 6, 2012 6:17 PM

A mother and her boyfriend were behind bars Thursday morning accused of abusing a two-month-old baby.

SWAT officers arrested 26-year-old Eric Gawry and 22-year-old Tiffany Reppert after investigators said that the baby arrived at Nationwide Children's Hospital with broken bones in early October.

The injuries were said to have occurred inside the couple's Chedford Road home, in northeast Columbus.

The baby had a broken clavicle and arm, as well as a torn frenulum, an injury commonly caused to children by force feeding, violently stuffing a pacifier in the mouth or striking the mouth.

Police said that the couple blamed a 16-month-old girl for the infant's injuries, but doctors said the explanation did not add up.

"The mere fact that they said the 16-month-old just pulled on the arm and kind of lifted the baby up a little bit would not give enough pressure to cause that type of fracture in the arm," Columbus Division of Police Sgt. John Hurst said.

Officers arrested the pair after Gawry made "incriminating statements." Authorities said the couple refused to surrender to police.

According to investigators, Gawry told detectives that is was possible he accidentally caused the baby's injuries.

Gawry and Reppert face charges including felonious assault and permitting child abuse. Police said that both children are now in the protection of Franklin County Children Services.

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