A Texas man has recently been allowed to return home after facing charges of second degree felony injury to a child. Events escalated into a serious family law issue when he was changing his daughter’s diaper and heard a popping sound. He rushed her to the hospital, and was stunned when doctors diagnosed her with multiple fractures.
The type of fractures the baby had are typically only seen in abused patients, and the police were called in to question the father. He was subsequently charged with felony injury to his child, and he was forced to leave the family home. For nine months, he was only allowed to see his daughter for a few hours each week with court-appointed supervision.
A local woman and her husband had dealt with the very same situation with their twins, and she had heard this family’s story. The twins were eventually diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an inherited disease that makes the body’s structure frail and can result in fractures. It was thought to be a rare disease, and many doctors have never heard of it, which led to allegations of abuse when this syndrome is actually at fault. After test showed that both the baby and her mother have the disease, all charges against the man were dropped and he was allowed to return home with his family.
A parent who is caught in the middle of complex family matters involving children may find it helpful to consult with an attorney who practices family law. The attorney may also be able to help negotiate custody or visitation agreements.
Source: WFAA, “Rare bone disease leads to bogus child abuse allegations“, Janet St. James, November 15, 2013