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Sheboygan Police are investigating an incident of potential child abuse or child neglect.

Sheboygan Police were called to Memorial Hospital where a nearly 3-year-old girl was being treated for unspecified injuries.

The circumstances surrounding the injuries have not been made public by police, but the incident may have started in the bathroom. The caregiver who brought the child to the hospital is under investigation.

Family of the girl say it appears the child nearly drowned.
 

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According to the criminal complaint, 25-year-old Jonathan Colon has been charged with child abuse, neglecting a child and possession of THC.

On Friday, Feb. 8, Sheboygan Police were alerted that a 35-month-old child was at Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center after it was reported that she "suffered some sort of drowning incident" while she was under the supervision of Colon.

Officers spoke to medical staff at the hospital and learned that the child was brought into the hospital by Colon. The child, who was brought in wrapped in soaking wet towels, was foaming at the mouth, with a bloated stomach and a core temperature of 80 degrees, court documents said.

Detectives spoke to Colon who detailed his day with the child as follows:

Colon told officers that he started the day by dropping off his girlfriend at work around 9 a.m., bringing along his girlfriend's daughter. He and his girlfriend's daughter then returned to his house where he babysat her all day. He says they slept on and off, watched TV and the child played on her tablet.

Around 4:30 p.m., Colon said he and the child planned to go to McDonald's but the child was sweaty, so he told her to take a bath before they left.

Colon said he prepped a bath for her and left her to take her bath while he went to Snapchat his girlfriend. A few minutes later, the child called out to Colon because she needed to use the bathroom. Colon then went back into the bathroom and helped the child get to the toilet. After she was done, he placed her back in the tub and left again.

After 10 to 15 minutes, Colon told officers that he went back to check on her and found her sitting in the tub, slumped over, with her nose in the water.

Colon told officers that he then took the child out of the tub and placed her on the bed. He said he noticed that the child's stomach was very bloated, she didn't appear to be breathing and her mouth seemed clenched tight.

Colon told officers that the child had a bruise on her cheek from when his own daughter threw a sippy cup at the child and when his own daughter hit the child in the face. He also told officers that the child had a bite mark on her left deltoid, where his own daughter bit the child.

A report from Dr. Lynn Sheets of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin indicates that, among a number of injuries including contusions, the child's abdominal injury was severe and life-threatening.

The report stated that the child's pattern of bruising indicated that she "had been physically abused with a reasonable medical certainty."
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At the hospital, prosecutors said Colon began making phone calls, telling people "police were harassing him and that he had done nothing wrong." He was heard telling someone "I'm not doing this anymore. She has to go to day care." He said she had not been going to day care "because she had bruising on her arms from other children in the home."

Colon was taken into custody and a search warrant was executed at the home on Timberger Court. The complaint said investigators found material that tested positive for THC at the home.

Children's Hospital officials discovered the girl suffered "multiple injuries," including an abdominal injury that was "severe and life-threatening." A doctor determined the injuries "were diagnostic for severe child physical abuse." The doctor also noted "there was no compelling evidence of drowning or information to support a near drowning."

The complaint noted the child was expected to survive, but "would likely have neurologic impairments as a direct result of the neglect and severe, life-threatening injuries."
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