Raymond Matthew Brittle of Thurmont, Md. charged with first and second degree child abuse
FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man is charged with child abuse after police say the injuries a child sustained were not consistent with falling down stairs.
According to Frederick County Sheriff's Office authorities, 2-year-old Robert Dean Watkins was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital on Thursday by his guardian from their home in the 7900 block of Apples Church Road in Thurmont.
In a press release on Monday, authorities said:
"It was reported to Frederick Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Staff that Robert had fallen down approximately 6 steps and had an apparent head injury. Upon examination and treatment of the victim, hospital personnel found additional injuries that were not consistent with falling down stairs. Child Protective Services and the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation were notified and responded to the hospital to conduct an investigation."
That night, Watkins transferred to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. in critical condition, say police. On Sunday, the 2-year-old boy died as a result of his injuries at Children's Hospital. An autopsy that will be conducted this Tuesday.
Authorities say their investigation led to the arrest of 39-year-old Raymond Matthew Brittle of Thurmont, Md. on Friday. He was charged with first and second degree child abuse, but since the boy has died The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation talking with Child Protective Services and the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office about additional charges.
Brittle is incarcerated at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on a $750,000 bond, according to authorities.
Police say four children in addition to Watkins were at the Thurmont home at the time of the incident. According to authorities, 3 boys ages 15, 9, and 5 months and one girl age 6 are now in the care and custody of Child Protective Services. Authorities say examinations and interviews of the children have not revealed any indications of abuse.
According to police, Brittle was a guardian but not a blood relative of the two-year-old boy.
If anyone has any additional information, then please call the lead detective, Mike Davies, at 301-600-1168.