BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) While the case against a Springville man, accused of brutally beating his own eleven month old daughter twice in a month, is heading to a grand jury...there are questions about whether or not proper procedures were followed by the hospital that treated injuries the little girl sustained.
The infant was first brought to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo on November 9th. Her head was hemorrhaging and she was missing a chunk of hair.
"Everyone denied knowing how it could have happened so they did extensive testing to see if it could have been caused by a medical reason like a blood disease or something like that.", says Senior Detective James Hatch of the Erie County Sheriff's Department.
The little girl was then cleared to return home with her parents until medical tests were finalized.
Investigators say that just days after she was sent back home her father, Antuan Jordan, assaulted the infant a second time. That attack may have left the little girl blind in one eye.
In New York state doctors and physicians are required, by law, to report any suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services(C.P.S.). Carol Dankert, the Commissioner of Erie County Social Services told Eyewitness News that her office was not contacted on November 9th, the first time the little girl was sent to the hospital.
"There are no records that the department was involved on November 9th.", Dankert said in a phone interview.
Eyewitness News asked Children's Hospital representatives for comment on whether or not C.P.S. was contacted on the 9th, but that request for an interview was denied. The following statement was released instead.
"Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is not permitted to release or discuss a patient's private health information without their written consent. For pediatric patients under 18 years of age, this consent must be provided by a parent or legal guardian.
Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo does not have this necessary consent for the specific case followed in today's news, and therefore is unable to release or discuss any information related to this patient.
As the Level I Regional Pediatric Trauma Center, it is the policy and responsibility of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to comply with all New York State laws regarding the reporting of suspected abuse or maltreatment."