TACOMA, Washington (KCPQ) — A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly putting his 6-week-old daughter in a freezer in their home to stop her from crying, authorities said Sunday.
The baby was rushed to the hospital with a body temperature of 84 degrees.
Doctors at Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital expect the infant to recover, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said Sunday.
The infant’s 22-year-old mother called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and said she had found her boyfriend, Tyler Deutsch, taking the baby out of the freezer in their home in the 7600 block of 320th Street South, near the city of Roy, Troyer said.
The child is believed to have been in the freezer for about an hour. Doctors say the infant should recover and be fine.
Deutsch told sheriff’s deputies he put the infant in the freezer to stop the girl from crying, Troyer said.
The child’s mother was fully cooperative with police and told them she had no idea why Deutsch put the child in the freezer.
He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on a charge of suspicion of attempted murder. He has no criminal history.