The West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit has arrested an Elkins man on a child abuse charge.
State Police charged Christopher Rosier, 26, with child abuse resulting in serious injury. Elkins Police responded to a report of a 17-month-old girl in cardiac arrest in August 2013. The child was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital where it was determined that she had multiple injuries including multiple skull fractures, retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes, bruises on her face and body, and a fracture to her left arm that was already in the healing stages, according to Cpl. A.S. Loudin.
Rosier told Elkins Police that he was giving the child a bath when he had to leave the girl unattended for about three minutes to tend to another child in the house. When he returned, Rosier told police that she was face down in the water with her head under the faucet. Rosier said he took her downstairs, laid her down, and called her mother. Elkins Police determined that it didn't appear that the child had been in the bathtub and noticed that Rosier turned the water off after police arrived, indicating that it had been running the entire time.
State police interviewed the girl's mother, who said her boyfriend, Rosier, had been the only person caring for her daughter, other than at daycare. Video surveillance obtained from daycare indicated that nothing happened that could have caused the girl's injuries. Daycare staff told state police that the girl acted fine on August 16 but when she arrived on August 17, she was "not acting right" and that she felt warm. Staff also said she was whimpering, crying, and wanted to be held a lot, according to Cpl. Loudin.
Doctors advised that the girl's head injuries were not accidental and had occurred within 24 to 48 hours and that the broken arm was approximately 10 to 14 days old and was consistent with abuse.
Rosier is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $50,000 bail.