A 21-year-old man beat a toddler he was babysitting so severely he was left bleeding from his eyes and is now in hospital fighting for his life. Brian Bouchard, from Daytona, Florida, was arrested after abusing the 14-month-old son of his girlfriend, who he was caring for while she was out. Mother Brittney Dishong said he called her frantic two hours after her son Isaiah Mitchell was injured but still had not called 911.
She arrived home to find him unconscious and not breathing in the driveway. The toddler was taken to hospital on Saturday night after deputies arrived at the home to find the child’s head and face swollen and bruised. Volusia County deputies grew suspicious when Bouchard told them different stories about what happened to the boy, including that he fell from his arms, that he tripped and fell to the ground and that his knee accidentally rammed into the back of his head.
But doctors said there was no way the 14-month-old could have cracked his skull in so many places unless it was caused by a brutal beating at the hands of a person. Spokesman Gary Davidson said: ‘He is accused of physically abusing a 14-month-old toddler so severely that the child is in the hospital fighting for its life.’ Bouchard is said to have told the baby’s mother he was scared his probation would be revoked due to a grand theft charge.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Ms Dishong told police she suspected Bouchard had injured her child as he had flicked him on the head in the past as a means of discipline. She also revealed that Bouchard, who is not the father but fathered another of her children, drank a lot and smelled like a brewery when she returned home. ‘I may never be able to hold my son again,’ she said.