LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 27-year-old Garrison man on a felony injury to a child charge Sunday in connection to an incident where a 19-month-old girl allegedly suffered bruising, a swollen lip, and a lump on her head while she was in the man's care.
Ryon Blake Heard was booked into the Angelina county jail on a third-degree felony injury to a child charge Sunday, along with 10 misdemeanor charges including no liability insurance, failure to maintain financial responsibility, no valid inspection sticker, safety equipment violations, and no driver's license. He was released later the same day after he posted a $6,500 bail.
According to the arrest affidavit the East Texas News obtained Monday, a Hudson Police officer was dispatched to Lufkin Memorial Hospital's emergency room on Jan. 20, 2012 in reference to a 19-month-old girl who had suspicious head injuries. The child had been brought to the hospital by her mother and her mother's boyfriend.
The Hudson Police officer noticed black and blue bruising and red blotches on the left side of the little girl's face. In addition, the child's left ear was "very red to almost purple and swollen," according to the affidavit.
When the Hudson Police officer questioned the couple, he learned that the bruise had been found on the child two nights before at party that had been held at a friend's house on FM 326. They told him, at the time, the injury did not appear to be serious. It had been found after Heard went into the home to check on the girl, the affidavit stated.
The HPD officer took pictures of the injuries and contacted Child Protective Services. After taking written statements from heard, the child's mother, and three witnesses, the officer put together a timeline.
Based on the timeline, "the only person with the child at the time of the injury was [Heard]," the affidavit stated. The owner of the residence where the party was held told the Hudson Police officer that Heard had taken the 19-month-old girl and her sister to put them to bed around 9 p.m. She also said that both children had been fussy at the time.
The woman told the officer that Heard was inside for about 10 minutes. When Heard allegedly went back inside to check on the girls, he came back outside and said that the girl's face was all red and swollen on the left side, the affidavit stated.
Heard allegedly kept asking the girl's mother and one of the witnesses what could have happened to the child, the affidavit stated.
When the two women went inside to check on the 19-month-old, they brought the little girl into the kitchen with its better lighting and discovered that the girl had a bruise and a bump on her temple and a swollen lip. In addition, her face was very red, the affidavit stated.
The witnesses said that the little girl did not have the bruises or red marks before Heard put her and her sister to bed, according to the affidavit. A report based on photographs and hospital records from Dr. Kwabena Sarpong, who is with the Forensic Assessment Center at UTMB stated that the injuries were "not accidental in nature."