Babysit­ter charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY nor­eilly@thes­ 905-526-3199 | @Ni­coleatTheSpec

Hamil­ton po­lice are ask­ing any­one who may have had their chil­dren babysat by a 45-year-old woman to con­tact po­lice, after a two-mon­thold baby girl al­legedly suf­fered mul­ti­ple bro­ken bones at her hand.

Shelly Kuzyk was ar­rested Wed­nes­day and charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault in re­la­tion to the in­fant’s in­juries.

Kuzyk was babysit­ting when the baby girl was in­jured, po­lice al­lege.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the child abuse unit be­gan April 17 after a McMaster Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal doc­tor re­ported the in­juries as sus­pi­cious, said Staff Sgt. Steve Hrab.

He would not elab­o­rate on the in­juries or how they may have been sus­tained, other than to say “mul­ti­ple bro­ken bones.” Nor would he com­ment on how long or of­ten she may have watched the baby.

A woman by the same name was pre­vi­ously charged with the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der of her 15-month old god­son in 1997.

Tristin Tooke died from se­vere head in­juries.

Kuzyk was ac­quit­ted and no one else has ever been charged.

Hrab said po­lice are “aware of her his­tory.” He would not com­ment on whether the baby’s fam­ily knew of Kuzyk’s his­tory.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the al­leged as­sault or had their chil­dren babysat by Kuzuk are asked to call Det. John Pauls at 905-546-3855.

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