A Ripley man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly slamming his 2-month-old daughter into a swing and throwing her onto furniture causing multiple "severe and brutal" head traumas, according to court documents.
Dylan Joel Ray, 21, 106 Highlawn Drive, Ripley, was allegedly frustrated because of the girl's crying and screaming and acted in an attempt to quiet her, according to documents filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said Ray was arrested Tuesday on a charge of child abuse resulting in injury. He was arraigned by Magistrate Jacqueline Casto and incarcerated in the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond.
On Monday, Detective R.H. Mellinger was contacted about a potential child abuse case regarding a 2-month-old girl. He soon learned the youth had been taken by medical helicopter to CAMC General in Charleston for multiple skull fractures after being in the care of her father, Ray, the majority of the day, according to a criminal complaint filed against Ray in magistrate court.
When Mellinger arrived at CAMC General, medical staff told him the child had sustained a series of "brutal" head injuries, "causing multiple prominent subdural hemorrhages and no less than nine different cranial skull fractures varying in size, shape, location and point of impact," Mellinger wrote in his complaint.
"The said fractures also varied in intensity and covered approximately 270 degrees of the 360 degree field – focusing more along the rear 40 percent of the skull," Mellinger wrote in the complaint.
As a result of the injuries, the victim had substantially compromised neurological response and significant cerebral edema, Mellinger said in his complaint.
"The medical staff was able to conclude that the aforementioned injuries were sustained from numerous blows to the head of the victim or multiple vicious and graphic impacts of her body against a large foreign object," Mellinger wrote in the complaint.
In his complaint, Mellinger said he and the medical staff believed the injuries were not accidental and were more consistent with "gross neglect/physical abuse."
Mellinger interviewed Ray around 6:12 a.m. on Tuesday. During questioning, Ray allegedly told Mellinger he became frustrated over the child crying and screaming, the complaint states. In an effort to quiet her, he grabbed the child by the torso with both hands and slammed her into her swing multiple times, and then threw her across the room into nearby furniture multiple times, according to the complaint.