Affidavit: Hanahan baby also had broken leg; parents charged

Published: Feb. 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM EST
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Derek Stilson with his son. (Source: Joel Vaughan)
Derek Stilson with his son. (Source: Joel Vaughan)
Enciso and Stilson. (Source: BCDC)
Enciso and Stilson. (Source: BCDC)

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - Following the discovery of another injury, additional charges have been filed against the parents of the 5-month-old boy whose skull was cracked last week in Hanahan after his father allegedly threw him on the floor in anger.

Hanahan Police Lieutenant Michael Fowler said Thursday the child's mother, 30-year-old Rachel Felicia Enciso, and father, 23-year-old Derek Allan Stilson, have been charged with unlawful conduct towards a child.

The new charges are in connection to another injury the child suffered, investigators say.  According to court documents, sometime between Nov. 1, 2012 and Feb. 22, 2013, the 5-month-old suffered a spiral fracture to his leg, which is consistent with a "twisting of the leg."

Authorities say Enciso and Stilson failed to report the injury, which was discovered during medical exams.

Stilson was arrested last Friday, one day after his 5-month-old son was taken to Medical University of South Carolina after he suffered seizures in the couple's home at 5820 Murray Drive.

According to court documents, Stilson told investigators he angrily threw the baby on the floor on Feb. 19 because he could not get him to stop crying. He was charged with inflicting great bodily harm upon a child.

He then waited two days before calling EMS when he noticed the child was "not acting normal."

"I don't know how this...I've never seen this before," Stilson is heard on a 911 audio tape talking to emergency personnel. "Are they going to take him to the hospital or something?"

When doctors examined the baby, they discovered he was suffering from a fractured skull and had bleeding and swelling on his brain.

Documents also state a spiral fracture was found on the baby's left leg, which doctors say is consistent with the twisting of a leg. This injury was unreported by both parents.

As of Feb. 27, the baby had been removed from the Intensive Care Unit but was still suffering seizures and remained in critical condition.

"[Derek] works hard. He works a lot of hours and he told me that he was exhausted and he was stressed," said Stilson's stepfather, Joel Vaughan, who lives in New Mexico. "But he wouldn't do anything like this to his son."

Vaughan said Stilson is not a violent person and does not have violent tendencies.

"Derek is not a violent person," Vaughan said. "He is a good honorable boy. He works hard and he cares for his family."

Stilson and Enciso are being held in the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.  Enciso is scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing Thursday night or Friday morning.

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