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Man charged with child abuse

November 26, 2013
By Chad Clem - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - An Elkins man was arrested on child abuse charges regarding a 17-month-old girl, State Police officials said.

Christopher Rosier, 26, was charged with child abuse resulting in injury. Rosier was arraigned by Randolph County Magistrate Robert Elbon and is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, West Virginia State Police officials responded to a call on Aug. 17 involving a 17-month-old female in cardiac arrest.

Police went to the residence and spoke to Rosier, who was the child's guardian at the time of the incident, the complaint states. Rosier reportedly told police he was giving the alleged victim a bath when another child began to cry. Rosier said he left the alleged victim in the tub "for about three minutes" to tend to the other child, and returned to find the alleged victim was "face down in the water with her head under the faucet," the police report reads.

Rosier told police he laid the alleged victim down and called her mother to tell her the child was not breathing, the complaint states. Rosier reportedly told police that he then began to perform CPR on the child until the mother arrived.

Police inspected the residence and did not find any water on the floor of the bath tub or where the child was supposedly lying during CPR, the complaint states.

According to the report, the mother told police that as soon as she received the phone call she ran home from five blocks away from where she worked. The report states she "said she called 911 while she was coming through the alley and talking to them as she came through the door." The mother reportedly told police that, other than day care, the alleged victim had not been in anyone else's care for two days.

According to the complaint, the child was transported to West Virginia University Hospitals, where it was discovered she had multiple injuries that "include but are not limited to multiple skull fractures, retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes, multiple bruises on the body and face, and a fracture to the left humorous bone that was already in the healing stages."

According to the police report, after meeting with a representative of Child Protective Services and a team of doctors at WVU who treated the alleged victim, police were told "the injuries to the head and eyes were not accidental and had occurred within 24-48 hours." The report states the doctors said there were "several bruises and a broken arm that were consistent with abuse" and that the broken arm was "approximately 10-14 days old."

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