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5-week-old baby suffered multiple broken bones; father arrested

A 19-year-old Burbank man on Friday pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony child abuse after his 5-week-old daughter was brought to a hospital with broken bones that could leave her comatose or paralyzed, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

The man, Matthew Wojcik, was arrested Tuesday night after medical staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles notified police that they were treating an infant in critical condition with multiple broken bones, the Burbank Leader reported.

The police investigation, which included interviews with hospital officials and the baby's mother, concluded that the girl had suffered from ongoing abuse, said Burbank Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

According to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the assault could result in the infant “becoming comatose due to brain injury” or permanently paralyzed.

The girl was last reported as being in critical condition. Officials did not detail her injuries or how they may have happened.

If convicted, Wojcik faces up to life in state prison, according to the criminal complaint. He remained in custody in lieu of $1-million bail, which was raised earlier this week after initially being set at $100,000. He is due back in court on Nov. 14.

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News

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