Couple Face Felony Child Abuse Charges

A Missouri couple is facing felony child abuse charges court documents show because they assaulted their infant son by putting him in a microwave for a “short period.”

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Mikala and Derick Boyce-Slezak St. Francois County Attorney’s Office

Derick Boyce-Slezak and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, both 22, of Park Hills, were charged in St. Francois County with felony abuse or neglect of a child. Their son was younger than four months at the time and was taken to a hospital in April for a rash on his face that was actually a wound.

Both Derick and Mikala Boyce-Slezak claimed the second-degree burn was caused by a cleaning agent, however, tests later revealed that the boy had a fractured skull and a subdural hematoma, a head injury that can cause swelling on the brain.

Mikala Boyce-Slezak then invoked her Fifth Amendment right during a hearing while Derick Boyce-Slezak did not testify.

An employee from the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services said that Mikala Boyce-Slezak stated that she intended to testify that the head wounds were from Derick Boyce-Slezak dropping the boy during an attempt to imitate a television commercial. The employee testified that Mikala Boyce-Slezak believes Derick Boyce-Slezak placed the baby boy inside a microwave and turned it on for a “short period of time.”

After her testimony, it was revealed that the infant had another fracture.

Derick and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, remain in jail on $500,000 bail, also had a baby girl in January 2016 but waived custody of the girl shortly after she was born.

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