Police: Boy, 4, left in critical condition after being struck by West Palm man

A 4-year-old child sustained serious abdominal injuries and was hospitalized in critical condition after being struck in July by a 35-year-old West Palm Beach man, according to an arrest report.



Jamie D. Koonce is facing a charge of aggravated child abuse and was released Saturday from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $15,000 bond.

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The alleged abuse occurred in July and left the unidentified child with a lacerated liver, a perforated bowel, bruised kidneys and a bruised pancreas. The boy also sustained bruising to his abdomen, face and back. The report states that the boy required “immediate surgery” but does not detail what kind of procedure he underwent.

The incident took place either July 8 or July 9. West Palm Beach police were called to St. Mary’s Medical Center after the boy, who is now 5 years old, was brought into the pediatric emergency room.

Because of his injuries, the boy was unable to speak to police detectives until July 19.

An unidentified woman told police the boy had only been with her, Koonce and four children — ages 7, 9, 13 and 14 — during the 24 hours before the child was brought to the hospital.

An investigation determined that the boy’s injuries were “intentionally inflicted” and that they “could not have been inflicted by children.”

During his interview with police, the boy said Koonce had punched him in the stomach.



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