Baby's skull fracture now in question

New medical information could change the direction of a local child abuse case.
Becky Vargo
Mar 8, 2014

 

The attorney representing parents Sara Huizenga and Steven Wagasky of Grand Haven said she hopes that means getting Huizenga’s two young girls back home as soon as possible.

That attorney, Michelle McLean, and attorneys representing the state and the children, all agreed to an adjournment of the preliminary hearing on Friday so doctors representing both sides could consult about whether the baby’s medical scan shows a skull fracture or not.

“We’re really leaving it to the experts … to determine if it’s a naturally occurring bone development or a fracture,” McLean said.

The Michigan Department of Human Services initiated a petition to remove three children from the Huizenga/Wagasky home following a Jan. 22 incident that injured the couple’s then-10-month-old daughter, Eliza.

Huizenga said she slid on icy steps outside their home while holding the child in her arms. The baby suffered a broken leg in the fall.

Wagasky took the child to a local hospital while Huizenga stayed home with her older daughters, ages 8 and 12. Local hospital officials became concerned about a possible head injury and the child was transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Both hospitals notified the Department of Human Services about concerns of possible child neglect or abuse, according to testimony in two earlier stages of the preliminary hearing.

Dr. Nancy Simms, who works for the DeVos Children’s Hospital and Ottawa/Allegan Child Advocacy, testified that the baby’s leg injury was consistent with the fall described by the mother. However, Simms said the head injury could not have happened in the particular incident as described by the mother.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

Comments

KariSamuelson

I guess my 1st and only question would be to the paper. If this is an ONGOING trial, with evidence and witnesses still be called, WHY are you reporting on it? 2 articles in 8 days with 2 very different undertones. What you are doing to this family is despicable.

Amy

Agree.

Tri-cities realist

"“We’re really leaving it to the experts … to determine if it’s a naturally occurring bone development or a fracture,” McLean said."

Perhaps DHS should have done this before taking the kids from their parents.

ROBERT LYNN DAY

LOOKS LIKE IT'S TURNING OUT TO BE A POSSIBLE CASE OF PEOPLE JUMPING THE GUN BEFORE ANY ROCK SOLID FACTS ARE DETERMINED TO BE TRUE OR FALSE THE MOST HURTFUL PEOPLE WHO DID THIS IS YOU HERE AT THE TRIBUNE WHERE AS THE HOSPITAL SHOULD HAVE LOOKED CLOSER BEFORE JUMPING THE GUN AND MAKING THE CALL TO CPS AND CAUSING THIS LOVING FAMILY WHOM HAS HAD ENOUGH GRIEF TO DEAL WITH FROM THE LOSS OF THERE SON SO YOU ALL NOW DRAG THEM THROUGH THE MUD ALL BECAUSE WHAT YOU COULDN'T WAIT TO GET THE REAL FACTS OR TRUTH IN THE CASE SHAME ON ALL OF YOU YOU ARE DISGUSTING HOW MANY OF YOU WILL BE HUMAN AND WITH HEART ENOUGH TO LOOK THIS FAMILY IN THE EYES AND TRULY APOLOGIZE FOR THE HARM YOU CAUSED AFTER THE RESULTS ARE LEARNED THAT THERE WAS NO HEAD INJURY OR ABUSE NONE I BET

Barry Soetoro

Looks like your caps lock is still broken there Mr. Day.

LessThanAmused

How about we take up a collection to buy these clueless people a clue?

Mr Day....In the online community it is considered BAD MANNERS AND IMPLIES THAT YOU'RE YELLING AT SOMEONE WHEN YOU USE ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME.....take 5 minutes and Google "online etiquette" before jumping into the fray with both feet.
If in fact your caps lock key IS broke, a new keyboard can be had for less than 25 bucks. A small price to pay unless you're just here to tick off as many people as possible.
You may also want to consider Googling "Comma's" and "Periods" too as they can be an asset in communicating your point of view. That is the longest run-on sentence I've seen in quite a while.

Thanks for listening and have a good day.

Amy

Be kind. Be adults.

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Matthew 7:1

LessThanAmused

I'm OK with that....

ROBERT LYNN DAY

LESS THANAMUSED I WAS YELLING I'M NOT THE MOST PERFECT TYPER WITH ALL THE BELLS A WHISTLES,NOR AM I A TYPING NAZI MEANING I DON'T TELL PEOPLE HOW THEY SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT TYPE AND YOU ASSUMED THAT I HAD A DESK TOP I DON'T I HOW EVER I CAN USE A NEW COMPUTER TO FIX THE ISSUE. IF THERE IS ANY TAKERS ON THE HELP TO GET THAT ACCOMPLISHED. BUT MY MAIN PRIORITY OF BEING HERE AT ALL IS TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY BEING DRUG THROUGH THE MUD SARA IS A GOOD FRIEND AND A LOVING MOTHER HER CHILDREN DON' NEED ALL THE EXTRA GRIEF

I ASK GOD TO GIVE THEM STRENGTH AND PEACE IN THIS TRAGEDY

ROBERT LYNN DAY

YES IT IS STILL BROKEN, BUT AM STILL ALSO SUPPORTIVE OF THE FAMILY BEING TORN APART. THEY DESERVE SOME PEACE AND BE LEFT ALONE TILL THE ACCURATE FACTS BE LEARNED, AND AS I SEE THERE IS QUESTION OF THE DOCTORS LOOKING AT THE X RAYS AND BEING UNABLE TO PROPERLY READ ONE. MY HEART AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY OF ARI

my2cents

Though this is unfortunate and painful for the family (assuming they are totally innocent of all charges)I must add this: Many times the DHS has been dead wrong, and made mistakes in the other direction, where there were red flags and no one did anything to protect the children. Then the people cry out "why didn't somebody do something" Better safe then sorry? Also, the news often carries the details of ongoing cases before all the details are in. Why is this any different?

KariSamuelson

Why is the paper is focusing on THIS case? There are many of these cases in the local court system. Why arent they being covered?

my2cents

My guess would be that it is because they are local, they already suffered a family tragedy and were very public about it. They were already in the public eye, so it caught attention. Hopefully this will be resolved ASAP and they can get their family back together. Wishing them the best

Bad-attitude

If it is because they are local then why not report the story where the parents WERE abusing their newborn from day 1? The couple is facing life for the man and 12 years for the woman, Not a single peep about it in the Tribune but TV8 WOOD aired it.

Lynn Cummings

Once again I am finding it necessary to tell you to get your heads out of your collective tails. When did your paper (if I can call it that) become the "National Inquirer"?
I have been wondering if your paper is in the habit AT ALL of printing retractions once you have raked this family through the coals & you find them to be innocent.
Do you have ANY idea how much your inuendos (sp?) have hurt the children? They DON'T have the coping skills to deal with all of this poison/slander you are slinging. For heavens sake they just buried their little brother/son.
The ONLY purpose I have for your rag now is in a litter box or the bottom of a bird cage. I figure if you print crap then ... well you get my drift
Sara & Steve Wagasky ( children included) are the nicest people who you will NEVER have the fortune to meet. You see like attracts like and they would NEVER print such garbage.

Amy

Actually, what they are doing is called libel. Defamation is wrongfully harming an individual’s reputation; if it is done orally, it would be known as slander, and if it is done in written or another form of communication (i.e. local or national news coverage), it would be libel. We are also dealing with infliction if emotional distress here.

I agree with everything else you are saying =D

KariSamuelson

concernedmom had alot to say about the last article...wonder where she is now........

Amy

Most likely her concerns have now shifted.

HolyHello

Unsubstantiated claims of abuse and ESPECIALLY allegations from doctors are quick to point fingers without finding all the facts. These little girls are paying the price. Happens quite a bit, but it sounds like they might have a good attorney to represent them. Which isn't usually the case. Search CASH FOR KIDS--or Facebook groups for parental rights in michigan, look up silent voices.
There are LOTS of INNOCENT parents being brought into the system that are NOT being listened to and THE CHILDREN PAY THE PRICE while the state makes $$$.

MPR

I've seen comments about the paper should not be publishing this story. I like to congratulate the paper for publishing this story. Perhaps this family will get a fair hearing as it is in the public eye. Not to many people know how the family court system works. Many families have been torn a part by this system. Many of these families receive court appoint attorney's that do nothing but sit there like a bump on a log and not representing their clients. Parental rights terminated by clear and convincing. They do not ever serve any time behind bars yet convicted in family court of child abuse. The family court system is a miscarriage of justice. There are many stories out there. How many parents rights been terminated Failure to Protect. Yet it was the parent that found out and called the police on the perpetrator. You don't dare take your child to the hospital or call the police if you find out if you child has been abused. The abuse and neglect registry. A CPS worker can put you on that by a preponderance of Evidence. You need never step a foot in court or even prove yourself innocent in court and your still on this. Here are some other stories people may be interested in. The public needs to educate themselves on how dangerous the family court system is to a family. https://vimeo.com/channels/112287

Local74

Lta , your a douche

Tri-cities realist

Local74, your comment says more about you than LTA. While it can be distracting around here, efforts to stay on topic, or at least loosely related tangents are appreciated.

1stWorldProblems

*you're

GrandHavenJohn

So, apparently, when the x-rays were e-mailed to Australia, and evaluated by a "radiologist" (because NOCH doesn't have one on staff), the "radiologist" in "Australia" made a diagnosis that was "possibly" inaccurate?

Exactly the same as my sister who broke her leg and NOCH said the "radiologist" said there was not fracture, when in fact there was? And she suffered for 3 more days before an orthopod looked at the films?

I wouldn't take my dog to NOCH.

Amy

I also know someone who recently broke her shoulder and was told that "it didn't look right but it wasn't broke"...when she went to the Orthopedist, he showed her the very noticable break. Also, they have a Radiologist on staff, Dr. Fred Kellaway was still there the last I knew.

Something is definitely going on at NOCH though, they seem to have quite a few mistakes, misdiagnosis, etc.

Motheroffour

This whole situation is so sad!! This family has suffered so much!! People are so quick to judge when something bad or tragic happens!! It's just so sad! I hope and Pray that this ends soon so they can get on with their lives and grieve the death of their son!! I have read that some people think they shouldn't be grieving anymore. Obviously the people saying that either have never lost a loved one!! Especially a child or sibling!! In my eyes they can grieve forever. They have that right!! From what I've seen from this family is that they are a LOVING CARING FAMILY!! I can't see how people are saying this is child abuse!! Just absolutely rediculous !!!!

CASA2

The press is doing a great job in coverage. Having dealt with child-harm & child injury issues for years, who is speaking for the child? There is something instinctively wrong in a parent who would not accompany the child to the hospital. And slipping on ice, to cause a break of that magnitude? Possible - - but further investigation is necessary & fair. These children can not speak for themselves. There is a lot of family-stress that goes on for all families raising kids. Being angry at those attempting to protect innocent children, is just plain wrong.

 

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