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Couple charged with child abuse

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By Tris DeRoma

A Los Alamos couple was recently arrested and charged with allegedly abandoning or abusing their 10-week-old son.
The accused, Kayla Dick, 19, and Troy Stephenson, 27, were arrested Dec. 24 shortly after they took the baby in for a medical evaluation at the Los Alamos Medical Center.
They were both charged with one count each of abandonment or abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
According to court documents, Dr. Michelle Whitford, the on-duty emergency room doctor at the time reported the couple to the police, notifying them the infant had sustained an injury that in her opinion, could only have happened through intentional abuse.
The parents took the baby to the emergency room because he seemed to be in a large amount of pain. Whitford examined the leg and found that (the baby) had a spiral fracture to his femur.
“Dr. Whitford stated that a spiral fracture to a femur would be the result of an extremely strong impact or torque, which could only be caused by abusing the child,” said a statement in the court document.
When questioned about the incident, both Dick and Stephenson accused the other. Dick told a child welfare official at the scene that she was staying with Stephenson and their baby at a nearby hotel while her house was getting worked on.


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