Baby seriously injured, father charged

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An infant is recovering and his father has been charged with child abuse after the boy was hospitalized with significant injuries.  

On February 13 at 9:00 p.m. Johnston Police responded to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for a case of child abuse reported by a Child Protective Investigator from the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) and a physician in the Child Abuse Unit.

The 4-month-old male was brought into the hospital by his parents and was lethargic, sleepy and had significant swelling to both legs. After being examined thoroughly, he was found to have a total of seven fractures to both of his legs and some blunt abdominal trauma causing injury to his pancreas. 

According to the doctor, the injuries appeared to be consistent with child abuse. At that time, the parents were notified of the injuries by the investigator and told the child would be placed in DCFY custody while the case was investigated further.

Both parents were escorted to Johnston Police Department headquarters and questioned by detectives regarding their child’s injuries. After speaking to both parents, the father, Jean Koury Diaz de la Rosa, 21, of 2053 Plainfield Pike in Johnston, was charged with first degree child abuse, a felony, and arraigned at Kent County District Court Tuesday morning. 

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