Accused Of Hitting Infant Son, Oxford Man Claims He Was Swatting Fly

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter


By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Oxford man has been arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after admitting he hit his infant in the head while “attempting to swat a fly.”

David Wayne Doornink, 21, was taking care of his infant child at 1813 Lower Old Highway 6 NW Lot 70 in Oxford on Nov. 25 while the child’s mother was at work, according to a criminal complaint. Doornink is accused of hitting the child on the head while he was watching him, although he initially denied knowing what caused the injury when the mother came home and saw bruising, deputies reported.

The next day, the mother forwarded photos of the child’s developing bruising to a grandparent, who reported the injury to the Iowa Department of Human Services, according to the complaint. Before a DHS worker and sheriff’s deputy arrived, the infant’s mother confronted Doornink about the injury again.

“At that time, the defendant admitting to striking the child but said he had been attempting to swat a fly and missed,” according to the complaint.

Upon their arrival, the DHS worker and sheriff’s deputy had the child transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where an examination revealed the infant had a hand-shaped bruise on the left side of his head.

Physicians also discovered the child had a hemorrhagic contusion in its brain on the same side as the bruise, according to the complaint. In a subsequent interview, Doornink admitted to hitting the infant with his hand, deputies reported.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hemorrhagic contusions qualify as traumatic brain injuries.

Doornink was arrested Wednesday morning, and is being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $7,500 bond. He faces a charge of child endangerment causing bodily injury, a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

His criminal history in Iowa includes numerous convictions for alcohol and drug charges. He also was convicted of criminal mischief last year in Johnson County.
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