Roy, Wash. (The Weekly Vice) - Tyler Deutsch, a 25-year-old Washington man, was jailed Saturday after he allegedly placed his 6-week-old baby daughter in the freezer because he had grown tired of the child's crying and wanted to take a nap.
According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the couple's trailer home after Deutsch's girlfriend saw him remove the child from their freezer.
When deputies arrived at the couple's home and questioned Deutsch, he admitted to placing the baby girl into the freezer and then closing the door because she wouldn't stop crying. Deutsch then settled in for a little nap.
The child's mother, who was out running errands during the incident, returned to find Deutsch attempting to remove the child from the freezer before she walked into the residence.
When the mother attempted to call 911, Deutsch grabbed the phone away from her stating that he didn't want to get into trouble. The woman then ran out of the trailer home and alerted neighbors who called 911 for her.
The baby is believed to have been inside the freezer for about an hour before she was removed and her core temperature was about 84 degrees when arrived at the hospital. Doctors say the child will likely survive, but it is too soon to determine what health complications might persist since a baby's small size make it especially vulnerable to hypothermia and hypothermia related injury.
Prosecutors say the child also sustained two broken bones and a head injury during the incident, however, an explanation for those injuries has not yet been made available.
Deutsch was booked into the Pierce County Jail and charged with first-degree assault of a child, first-degree criminal mistreatment and first-degree interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. His bail has been set at $1 million.
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