Young Parents Charged With Child Abuse For Dropping Their Infant Son And Putting Him In The Microwave And Turning It On

(Photo: ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE)

Young Parents Charged With Child Abuse For Dropping Their Infant Son And Putting Him In The Microwave And Turning It On

The baby's injuries were discovered during a hospital visit.

Published December 1st

A young Missouri couple was charged with abusing their infant after a hospital visit for treatment of a rash revealed the baby suffered injuries indicative of mistreatment. 

Derick Boyce-Slezak and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, both 22, were charged on Tuesday in a St. Francois County circuit court with felony abuse or neglect of a child, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In April, the Boyce-Slezaks took their infant — who was younger than 4-months-old at the time — to Cardinal-Glennon Hospital Emergency Room for a rash on his face. While at the hospital, medical staff determined the rash on the boy’s face was actually a second-degree burn, according to court documents.

Additional tests were administered, and they found the infant also suffered from a skull fracture and brain injury called a subdural hematoma.

At the hospital, Derick and Mikala Boyce-Slezak first claimed the burns were caused by a cleaning agent, the documents say.

However, at the court hearing on Monday, a representative of the Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services testified that Mikala Boyce-Slezak earlier stated the head wounds were a result of Derick dropping the infant while trying to imitate what he saw on a television commercial.

The Children’s Division employee also stated that Mikala believed Derick had placed the infant in a microwave and turned it on for a “short period of time.”

It remains unknown which commercial was reportedly being imitated at the time of the abuse.

The couple also have a baby girl, whom they’ve waived custody of shortly after she was born in January 2016, according to court records. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE)

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