Although superman is a well-known hero, not all heroes wear capes. Real heroes are also seen wearing their badges and uniform as they constantly work hard to make sure that all citizens are safe.
The story is about Sergeant Justin Klitch who pulled over a van and noticed sa horrific scene on one cold December morning.
The officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver for their license, but then noticed that the women in the front passenger seat was covered in all sorts of bruises. He was even more surprised when he noticed that the toddler sitting at the back was suffering from the same. It was evident that they had endured physical abuse.
The officers from Idaho Police Station quickly realised the severity of the case that they had just embarked upon.
It even led to officer Grady trying to withhold his tears when interviewed by a local news station about the incident. He said that despite working for a number of years and seeing several cases of neglect, the condition of the 2 year old had broken his heart.
“While we there, he [the sergeant] discovered a young boy in the back of the minivan,” Officer Grady says in an interview right before he tears up. “It’s taken me all week to type this stupid thing out,” he added.
“He had discovered a small boy in the back who was severely injured. He had bruises on his head, multiple lacerations on his stomach, his arms were stuck in a fetal position and his left eye was not functioning properly.”
The toddler was rushed to the hospital and both adults were taken immediately to the police station to be questioned.
Unfortunately, the little two-year-old had to be transferred to Sacred Heart Paediatric Hospital in Spokane.
Another one-year old boy was in the van but was not injured.
The little toddler had a high heart rate and seemed to be in constant pain. He has been referred to as Baby J to protect his identity. Baby J spent a lot of time in intensive care following admission to hospital
“This is the worst case of this type of situation that I’ve run into. I’ve been to many fatal crashes, I used to work for a different department. Went to a lot of domestic violence situations. I’ve seen people injured, I’ve seen people hurt, but I’ve never seen this before. So I don’t know what the toll is going to be,” Officer Grady mentioned.
The injuries suffered by Baby J were described by doctors as life threatening. However, following receiving extensive treatment, the boy has been able to finally leave ICU and is currently recovering.
“Sgt. Klitch just left Sacred Heart Hospital and said Baby J is alert, engaging and playful. We are all so thankful for the hard work and care of the Sacred Heart Pediatric ICU team! Still work to do but good news nonetheless,” the Idaho State Police wrote on their Twitter account.
59-year-old Jorge Gonzales-Vergel, who was driving the van was arrested. Although he is not the suspect in the case, he was charged for possession of illegal drugs as well as a firearm during the vehicle search. He is currently in Shoshone County Jail.
The doctors at the hospital have the thanked the officers for stepping in to save Baby J, otherwise he could have died. They are true heroes.
This is heartbreaking, but worth a minute of your time as Trooper Shane Grady describes responding to the worst case of child abuse he's ever seen.
Thankfully, because @ispdistrict1 stepped in, that child is expected to make a full recovery.
Story tonight on @KHQLocalNews pic.twitter.com/z4zlgVH6YD
— Adam Mayer (@KHQAdam) December 14, 2018