|Re: Mother Arrested|
|Thursday, 10 March 2011 14:05|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Re: Mother Arrested for Aggravated Child Abuse with Serious Bodily Injury and Child Abuse/Medical Neglect
On March 7, 2011, at approximately 7:04 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to Raulerson Hospital, in reference to a Department of Children and Families investigation.
Upon arrival, the deputy met with a DCF investigator who provided the deputy with a fact sheet of the child and the allegations. The hospital staff advised that at approximately 4:18 p.m., the child, along with her mother, were brought by ambulance to the hospital for a fever. The case was turned over to Detective Rosemary Farless.
Detective Farless was informed by hospital personnel that the child had three (3) fractured ribs, a bruised liver, and a punctured right lung. It was later learned that the child also suffered from a fractured right clavicle. Upon examining the child, Detective Farless observed multiple individual circular bruises. The bruising indicated that some were recent and some were in different stages of healing. Through Detective Farless’ training and experience, it appears that these bruises are caused by someone grabbing and squeezing the victim’s sides simultaneously. It was learned that a case worker from the Florida Department of Children and Families(DCF) had visited the home on March 5, 2011, removed the child’s clothes and checked the child for injuries.
In an initial interview, Koebernik claimed the previous night she put her daughter to sleep and she was not injured at that time. When she woke the child at approximately 10:30 a.m. on March 7, 2011, the child could not sit up and she held her stomach and cried telling her mother that her stomach was hurting. She has no idea how the child sustained the injuries.
After a few hours, Koebernik states the child felt warm, as if she had a small fever and decided that she needed medical attention. Koebernik called her father to get a ride to the hospital. Koebernik was advised by her father to call 911 for an ambulance. However, Koebernik waited another hour before calling 911. At approximately 3:42 p.m., Koebernik called 911 and the child was then transported to Raulerson Emergency Room. The ER doctor’s report stated the injuries were from “NON-ACCIDENTAL TRAUMA”. The child was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and placed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit(PICU).
A Child Protective Team(CPT) doctor at St. Mary’s examined the victim and stated the bruises appeared to have been inflicted within the last (72) hours, indicating the injuries occurred after DCF had visited the home on March 5, 2011.
Koebernik was arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse With Serious Bodily Injury and Child Abuse/Medical Neglect. As of March 9, 2011, the child’s condition had improved and she was placed on a waiting list to be transferred to the pediatric floor once a bed is available.
This is an ongoing investigation, no other information can be released at this time.
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863)763‐ 7157 (fax)