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Tyler Wayne Whitaker, 20, of Weatherford was arrested and is being held on a $75,000 bond for Injury to a Child – Serious Bodily Injury.
On Sunday, Jan. 16, the Weatherford Police Department was notified by Cook Children’s Hospital of a three-month-old infant from Weatherford who had been admitted to their facility with suspicious injuries. Weatherford Police officers met with medical personnel and were advised that the injuries the infant sustained were not consistent with the story that the parents of the infant had given. They believed the injuries were a result of a “non-accidental” injury and suspected abuse.
Weatherford investigators arrived at the hospital and began an in-depth investigation that led to the father admitting to injuring the infant and the infant’s twin brother. The infant is currently in the Prenatal Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children’s Hospital being treated for brain injuries thought to be a result of having been shaken. His twin brother was evaluated by medical personnel and found to have multiple fractures to his ribs and leg as a result of past abuse.
The twins also have a two-year-old brother, but it does not appear that he has sustained any injuries.
Whitaker is being held on a $75,000 bond for Injury to a Child – Serious Bodily Injury which is a First Degree Felony punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life or for any term not more than 99 years or less than five years. In addition, he could be fined up to $10,000. Additional felony charges are pending.
Details of the case, including a mugshot, can be found at http://www.parkercountytx.com/Scripts/UVlink.isa/parker/WEBSERV/JailSear....
“It is our duty as a police department to protect small children who are unable to protect themselves,” said Captain Greg Lance, “This is a very tragic incident; we are grateful that the children are receiving the medical care they need and that this person has been arrested.”
All three children have been taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.