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Colorado Caregiver Accused of Allegedly Abusing 2-Year-Old Boy So Badly Doctors Removed Part of His Skull to Save His Life

Colorado Caregiver Accused of Severely Abusing 2-Year-Old Boy
Source: GoFundMe; Lakewood Police Department

McKinley Slone Hernandez accused of drinking and abusing Giovanni Reichert so bad he required surgery for a brain bleed, officials said.

Nov. 29 2023, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A woman in Colorado has been arrested after she allegedly abused a 2-year-old so badly that part of his skull had to be removed to stop bleeding on his brain, according to officials.

On Sept. 1, Giovanni Reichert was life flighted to a children’s hospital after he was allegedly “harmed by the hands of a trusted caregiver” and had to undergo emergency surgery, KUSA reported.

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The boy’s mother, Stefanie Reichert, told KDVR that 25-year-old McKinley Slone Hernandez was watching the boy overnight in Lakewood the date of the incident.

“I received a text message from the suspect saying I needed to rush to St. Anthony’s Hospital because my son had gone lifeless after a bath,” Reichert said, according to the station. “Once I saw him and all the 50 doctors standing around him, I had to leave the room because it was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

According to KDVR, the case file has been sealed, so there is little information available about the incident.

Reichert told KDVR that Hernandez “won’t admit to anything.”

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The mom alleged, “All she’s said is she was drinking, and he got hurt in her care.”

On Nov. 23, police announced Hernandez was taken into custody after a warrant was issued for her arrest a day earlier.

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She was booked into jail and was being held on a $100,000 bond, officials said.

In an update on a GoFundMe, the victim's family wrote it was a “rough Thanksgiving” after Giovanni had to undergo surgery on Nov. 22. They noted he spent the holiday “uncomfortable and in pain."


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