Waldorf toddler with child abuse injuries in critical condition

In a case of what Maryland detectives believe may be child abuse, a 13-month-old girl is in critical condition and her dad arrested for assaulting an investigator, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The 13-month-old girl is in critical condition at Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. after she was found unresponsive at her home in Waldorf, Maryland.

Officers and paramedics responded to a 911 call at 2 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive after a man said his daughter was having trouble breathing.

The toddler was found unresponsive and transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland. She was then sent to Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. and admitted in critical condition.

An examination and medical testing showed the toddler sustained trauma consistent with child abuse, according to detectives.

The girl’s father, Robert Earl McKay III, 29, of Waldorf, has not been charged with her abuse.

He was arrested after detectives said he assaulted an investigator gathering information at the first hospital.

During a search of McKay’s home, a gun — which he is not allowed to possess due to a previous felony conviction — was found, according to the sheriff’s department.

The toddler’s mother was working at the time of the 911 call and no other children reside at the home, according to detectives.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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