Two-year-old girl remains in serious condition

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010

A two-year-old girl flown to Seattle for medical treatment is listed in serious condition, as rumors flair about alleged child abuse and whether or not the girl will survive.

The child was flown to Harborview Medical Center from Juneau on May 14.

A hospital official confirmed Wednesday that a "small child from Alaska" brought in around that time is being treated in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and is in serious condition.

"She is a step below critical," said Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said.

Juneau Police Department spokesperson Cindee Brown-Mills said an investigation into the girl's injuries is being conducted, but declined to discuss further the incident or those involved.

"We are keeping an eye on her condition and still investigating," Brown-Mills said.

On May 13, a staff member at Bartlett Regional Hospital contacted police after the child was brought in with severe injuries. The child was later medivaced to Seattle for evaluation and treatment.

The child had been brought to Bartlett by her mother and the mother's boyfriend. She had severe injuries to the face, head and neck areas, along with less serious injuries on other parts of her body.

Police ordered a search warrant for the girl's home during a child abuse investigation to look for evidence. Details of the search were not disclosed.

A caller, who wished to remain anonymous said she had heard that a friend of the mother's boyfriend had abused the child.

Several residents contacted the Empire this week saying child abuse caused the girl's injuries. Police declined to say if anyone would be charged with a crime.

The Office of Children's Services would not release information about the parties involved, citing confidentiality statutes.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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