After his daughter’s pediatrician found she had multiple unexplained injuries, the Department of Human Services stepped in.
Tyler Lander, 23, is facing several counts of assault charges.
Investigators say Lander’s little daughter was in very bad condition.
“We’re talking about some bruising, scratches, scrapes, but also some leg fractures, so some fairly substantial injuries,” said Dwes Hutson, Douglas County Sheriff spokesman.
She had bruises on her face, infected fingers, broken ribs, leg fractures and knee injuries, and she was dehydrated. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was notified last Thursday of the girl’s injuries. Deputies soon arrested lander at his home in the 7000 block of Roberts Creek Road on assault charges.
“They have interviewed both the parents, and after interviewing the father he was taken into custody and charged with third degree assault and fourth degree assault,” Hutson said.
Hutson wouldn’t say whether the girl has been taken out of the care of her parents. He did say the Department of Human Services is involved.
“Children are defenseless and helpless, and you know they depend on their parents to protect them and take care of them and it’s really, really sad to see a child abused by the person who’s supposed to be taking care of them,” Hutson said.
Hutson says it appears Lander was the primary caregiver of his daughter because her mother worked, and now the case rests in the hands of the district attorney.
“They’ll have a review of the case. They’ll have a look at everything. And it will be up to them to decide if any additional charges may be necessary or if additional persons need to be charged. You know that will be their call,” Hutson said.
Hutson says he’s not sure how DHS found out about the child’s injuries, but the child was seen for those injuries by a pediatrician.