A Floyd County father is facing a felony assault charge for allegedly fracturing his newborn child’s skull and causing other injuries to that child and another child.
According to court documents, Timothy B. Donovan, 46, of Morehead, was charged with first-degree assault and two counts of third-degree criminal child abuse over the weekend. Court documents say Kentucky State Police was contacted after the children were sent to the University of Kentucky’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital emergency room after being referred from their pediatrician in Pikeville.
According to court documents, Donovan’s three-week-old child was referred to UK for “failure to thrive.”
Court documents say an examination of the newborn yielded the discovery of several instances of bruising, including bruising about the child’s head, their back and along their spine. According to court documents, the child was determined to have a complex skull fracture and skeletal fractures including broken ribs and a broken left clavicle. The child, court documents say, also suffered from failure to thrive and had a torn frenulum under its tongue.
An examination of a 1-year-old also showed “pre-existing injuries,” court documents say. The injuries to both children were determined to be “non-accidental trauma,” court documents say.
According to an arrest citation filed in the case, Donovan admitted to police that he abused the children. Donovan, the citation says, told police during a recorded interview after his Miranda rights were read that he had struck the newborn in the head with an open hand at least two times and “violently shook” the child at least twice. The citation says he also told police he had stuck his fingers down the newborn’s throat. He also admitted to having struck the 1-year-old child on two separate occasions, the citation says.
The citation says Donovan admitted his actions caused injuries to both children and he “wanted to turn himself into authorities.”
Donovan was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center and is due to appear in Floyd District Court for a preliminary hearing March 30. The counts of third-degree criminal child abuse filed against Donovan are class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to a year in jail. The first-degree assault charge filed against Donovan is a class B felony charge punishable by between 10 and 20 years in prison.