HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - The Department of Social Services says a 5-month-old boy, who was allegedly thrown to the floor by his father, has been released from the hospital and is in foster care.
The boy's parents, 23-year-old Alan Stilson and 30-year-old Rachael Felicia Encisco, are facing charges of unlawful conduct towards a child.
Stilson was charged earlier this month after police say he admitted to investigators that he angrily threw the child to the floor because he could not get him stop crying. According to investigators, Stilson waited two days before he called 911.
MUSC doctors said when they examined the child, he was suffering from a skull fracture, bleeding on his brain, bleeding on his retinas, a swollen and "shifting" brain, and a spiral leg fracture.
Police say when officers asked Encisco about her child's injuries, Encisco said she thought the child's left eye was red from crying, not from a brain injury. She cited one night in which she and the child's father, Stilson, had forgotten to turn on the baby monitor.
She said they could not hear the baby crying because the doors in the apartment were "soundproofish" so when she found him with a red eye the next day she assumed "he busted a blood vessel," according to reports.
The earliest record of the baby being hospitalized for abuse was on Nov. 25, when a physician spotted "hand-shaped" abdominal bruising. At the time, Stilson told doctors the bruise could have come from when he was holding the baby up in the air.
He also said he was sometimes rough with the child "because he is a boy."