Judge orders Rio Vistan arraigned on child abuse charge

By From page A3 | October 16, 2012

FAIRFIELD — A Rio Vista man who authorities believe has a violent and dangerous way of playing with a child and an even more bizarre way of disciplining a child has been ordered to stand trial on a felony child abuse charge.

Derrick M. Broussard, 30, has pleaded not guilty and as is currently in jail with a bail of $105,000.

During a Monday probable cause hearing, a Rio Vista police officer said Broussard told him the 4-year-old girl, the daughter of his girlfriend, hurt herself doing a somersault off of a piece of fast-food restaurant playground equipment. Broussard told emergency room personnel the same story shortly after the girl broke her arm and collarbone.

An orthopedic surgeon who learned of Broussard’s story went to the restaurant, looked at the playground equipment and even took photographs of the equipment before calling Child Protective Services.

The girl was interviewed by authorities. She described being rough-housed by Broussard, who she said had rolled her up into a mattress while playing with her, and injuring her. When she started crying, she said he buried her face in a pillow.

The girl also said Broussard had previously hurt her when she suffered burns because Broussard punished her misbehavior by allegedly putting her into a clothes dryer.

Broussard was ordered back to court Oct. 29 to be arraigned on the felony charge.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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