Derick Boyce-Slezak and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, facing felony child abuse charge in St. Francois County
Credit: St. Francois District Attorney’s Office


PARK HILLS, Missouri- A Park Hills, Missouri pair has been charged with the abuse of their infant son, for alleged injuries to their infan, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Derick Boyce-Slezak and Mikala Boyce-Slezak, both 22, were charged Tuesday with felony abuse/neglect of a child. The baby, who was younger than four months, was taken to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital emergency room in April for a rash on his face, the Post-Dispatch reported.

The rash turned out to be a second-degree burn. Additional tests showed the baby had a skull fracture and a subdural hematoma in his brain, the Post-Dispatch reported. The parents said the burns were caused by a cleaning agent.

During a Monday hearing, the  Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services testified that Mikala Boyce-Slezak had said she planned to testify that the head wounds were from when Derick Boyce-Slezak dropped the baby while attempting to imitate a TV commercial, and that he had placed the baby in the microwave and turned it on for a “short period of time,” the Post-Dispatch reported.

The employee also said that Mikala Boyce-Slezak, who intended to testify but did not on Tuesday, had said that Derick Boyce-Slezak also dropped the baby while trying to imitate a commercial on TV.

The couple was in custody at the St. Francois County Jail  withstanding a bond  of $500,000 each.


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