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Afton couple charged with child abuse

A 36-day-old baby boy was taken to a hospital in March with broken bones and possible brain damage, authorities said.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: August 10, 2012
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— An Afton couple charged with child abuse remain jailed on $100,000 bail each after their infant son was taken to a Tulsa hospital with multiple broken bones, the Delaware County district attorney confirmed Thursday.

Child abuse charges were filed Tuesday against Christopher Tatroe, 22, and NickoleJean Patterson, 21, both of rural Delaware County.

The couple were taken into custody Wednesday.

Mike Eason, drug and violent crime task force investigator, said the 36-day-old boy was taken March 22 to St. Francis Hospital with broken bones and the possibility of brain damage.

“The doctors said the injuries were not accidental,” Eason said.

Patterson told investigators the infant rolled off a couch when he was between 2 and 3 weeks old.

Patterson and Tatroe's mother both told investigators Tatroe suffered from bipolar disorder, was very possessive of the baby and had a violent temper, Eason said.

Eason said medical records showed the infant had fractures to his right leg and right wrist, a bruise to the right side of his forehead and a case of thrush.

The couple became combative when authorities took the infant into custody, Eason said.

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