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One-Year-Old Child Flown Off-Island For Treatment of Severe Head Injuries

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police are investigating a possible incident of child abuse after a one-year-old child was brought to the hospital with severe head injuries.

The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police about 2:03 p.m. Monday that an infant child was being treated in the Schneider Regional Hospital’s Emergency Room for injuries that presented as abuse.

Police observed the child at the hospital and met with representatives of the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services there. The infant had sustained a bruise to the left side of the forehead, coupled with swelling at the back of the head and brain.

After receiving treatment at the emergency room, the child was airlifted off-island at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. The infant is now being treated at a medical facility in Miami, Florida.

The incident is currently being investigated by police.

If anyone has information about the incident please call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807 ext. 5556, the Office of the Chief of Police at 340-774-2211, 911, the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to www.crimestoppersusvi.org

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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