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Couple arrested on child abuse allegation

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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:18 am | Updated: 1:20 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A Chandler couple is in jail on child abuse charges after the man injured the woman's 17-month-old daughter by slamming her into a playpen, police said.

Sgt. Joe Favazzo, Chandler police spokesman, said Michael Charles Yettner, 30, knocked the child unconscious Sunday and then he and April Dawn Porter, 21, spent about five minutes trying to revive her with cold towels and shaking.

He slammed the girl down to quiet her crying, Favazzo said.

When the child regained consciousness, she began vomiting.

Instead of calling paramedics or taking the child to the emergency room, the couple stopped by Yettner's mother's home to drop off his 4-year-old child before going to the hospital.

"When they got to the hospital they told the staff the child had fallen," Favazzo said.

Doctors and nurses called police because the injuries weren't consistent with a fall, however.

She suffered bleeding to her brain, court records show.

The child was released from the hospital and is now in care of the state.

Yettner and Porter met on the Internet and Porter moved to Chandler from Kansas five months ago to be with him, according to Favazzo and court records.

According to court records, Yettner and Porter eventually confessed to the crime after their arrests.

"April admitted that they both came up with the story to tell medical staff and any other authorities," courts records state. "April stated that she protected Michael because he was all of the family that she had and she wanted to stay with him."

Detectives found out from family in Kansas that she left a 2½-year-old child behind with her father, and a son of hers died in 2005 from uncontrolled bleeding in the brain, according to court documents.

The couple was booked into jail on one count each of child abuse. They are each being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Favazzo said detectives are continuing to investigate the couple and more charges may be coming.

"April Porter would routinely place (the child) in a playpen with a bottle and lock her in a closet with the light off when she was crying," Favazzo said.

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