2-year-old Greenville girl in critical condition after injury


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 5:27 pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

GREENVILLE — A 2-year-old Greenville girl is in critical condition after suffering a closed-head injury.

On Sunday, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Greenville Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Grove Street after receiving a call that a 2-year-old child was unresponsive.

According to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak, officers arrived shortly before EMS and found the child breathing, but unresponsive. When EMS arrived, the child was taken to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville and then flown to DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

“She is critical condition at the hospital,” Pousak said. “She suffered a closed-head injury.”

He explained a closed-head injury is where damage is done to the cranium on the inside of the head without much sign of damage on the outside of the body.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is currently investigating the cause of the injury.

“Anytime there is a case like this that involves a child and the severity of incident, we treat it as suspicious and investigate it as a potential child abuse case,” Pousak said.

Pousak said it is possible the injury came from the child playing or something other than child abuse.

“We are hoping that is what it is,” Pousak said. “But we just don’t know at this time.”

In Greenville, cases like these are not common, according to Pousak.

This incident remains under investigation. The name of the family and exact location of the incident is not being released at this time.

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