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Flanders Couple Charged With Endangering Baby By Removing Her From Hospital Prematurely

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Apr 18, 2012 10:34 AM
Apr 18, 2012 10:48 AM

Two Flanders parents were arrested last week after Southampton Town Police said they endangered their infant daughter by whisking her away from the hospital against doctors’ orders prior to the completion of treatment for trauma to the baby’s head.

Ramon P. Reyes, 45, and his wife, Tina E. Reyes, 41, whose arrest report states she also uses the surname Brooks, had brought their 3-month-old daughter to the Peconic Bay Medical Center emergency room in Riverhead on April 11 for inexplicable facial injuries, including bruising around her eyes and forehead, officers said.

Physicians had not yet determined the extent or cause of the infant’s injuries and had requested after an initial exam that the baby be admitted and stay for further testing, when the Reyeses left the hospital, baby in tow, according to police, who have called it “highly suspect” that the couple left when they did. When attempts to reach the couple and have them return their baby to the hospital were unsuccessful, Town Police and Child Protective Services stepped in.

Mr. Reyes was picked up at his Priscilla Avenue home, brought to police headquarters in Hampton Bays, and arrested at 4:55 p.m. and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Ms. Reyes was arrested at 7:34 p.m. at headquarters and faces the same charge. Both were released on appearance tickets and are due in Southampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday, April 25, at 1 p.m.

The baby was taken back to the hospital via Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance.

Police said they are still investigating the cause of the baby’s injuries but have not ruled anything out. She was released to another family member in the interim.

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