A 13-month-old baby endured weeks of abuse, including two broken legs, a broken wrist and a fractured skull, at the hands of his mother and boyfriend in Beaver County, police said.
Rochester Borough police Monday charged the mother, Amanda Riley, 21, and the boyfriend, Nicholas Hrvoich, 26, with assault and endangerment.
Two other adults -- the father of the child, Christian Evans, 20; and Mr. Hrvoich's mother, Kimberly, 59 -- also were charged with endangerment.
Police said they were aware of the abuse and didn't do anything to stop it, nor did they seek medical attention.
"They knew what was going on," Rochester police Chief Frank Mercier said.
All are borough residents and all were being held in the Beaver County Jail.
The child, Ian Riley, was being treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he has been since the abuse was discovered Sept. 20, when police discovered what Chief Mercier called a "horrific scene" at a house on Vermont Avenue.
"We have no idea why this was going on," he said. "If the maternal grandmother would not have called us, this baby might have been dead."
The grandmother, Lisa Stevens, who lives in New Jersey, called 911 on Sept. 20 to say her daughter told her the day before that Ian had fallen out of his stroller three days earlier and his arm appeared to be broken.
Ms. Stevens said she gave her daughter until noon the next day to seek medical attention for the baby. When she didn't hear from Amanda, she called 911.
Sgt. Dawn Shane went to the Jackson Street home of Ms. Hrvoich, where Ms. Riley and Mr. Hrvoich live in the basement with Ian. Mr. Hrvoich was the primary caretaker for the baby, police said.
No one answered the door, but Sgt. Shane said she talked to Ms. Hrvoich, who said officers should "definitely check on the baby due to neglect issues," according to an affidavit.
Sgt. Shane then drove a few blocks to the Vermont Avenue apartment of Mr. Evans, who said Ms. Riley had dropped the baby off the night before.
When he wheeled the child out in a stroller, Sgt. Shane knew instantly that the baby was badly hurt.
"Ian Riley was very still in his stroller, his arm was severely swollen, had bruising on his face and body, his head appeared swollen, his eyes were sunken and he seemed very lethargic," she wrote.
She said Mr. Evans said nothing was wrong with the child and that Ms. Riley had dropped him off in that condition.
Mr. Evans said that "he knows his child and he is fine," Sgt. Shane wrote.
The boy was rushed to the local hospital and then flown to Children's, where a doctor, Jennifer Wolford, determined he had multiple broken bones and an advanced infection.
"Dr. Wolford stated that given Amanda Riley's explanation of the injuries, it is impossible that Ian had received these injuries by falling out of a stroller," Sgt. Shane wrote. "This is inflicted abuse."
Police said the baby has been improving and will eventually be placed in foster care.
Torsten Ove: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1510. First Published September 30, 2013 3:00 PM