Soldier accused of abusing infant daughter

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was arrested Monday after doctors found signs of repeated abuse in his 2-month-old daughter, who was in critical condition Tuesday.

The 30-year-old DuPont man, a specialist in the 42nd Military Police Brigade, called 911 about 4 p.m. because the child was unresponsive. Police said he was alone with his daughter in their apartment in the 1600 block of Sequalitchew Drive at the time.

The baby was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center, where doctors discovered she had a brain hemorrhage, fractured femur and multiple rib fractures. Some of the injuries were partially healed; others were new.

After interviewing the infant’s parents and babysitter, detectives arrested the father on suspicion of first-degree child assault.

The baby was in intensive care at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

“We are praying for the recovery and well-being of the child,” DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum said.