A hematoma is a pocket of internal bleeding usually caused by trauma. When these are discovered in babies, it’s a serious condition, not just for the injury itself but because it can be a sign of abuse or birth injury. Police can be called in to investigate, as what happened to one man in Wisconsin who now faces years in prison.
Troy Tralmer has been convicted of felony neglect of a child, and had a charge of first-degree reckless homicide dismissed, as part of a plea deal. In 2015, EMS was called in response to his three-month-old child not breathing.
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Doctors found that the child had a skull fracture, retinal hemorrhage, and subdural hematoma. Further investigation by police found the mother took the child to a doctor a month prior because he was unusually sleepy. Tralmer said at first that the baby had fallen from the back seat onto the floorboard, but doctors said that wasn’t enough force to cause that kind of damage. Then he said he was trying to give the child the Heimlich maneuver on his thigh and dropped him.
Soon after the call to EMS, the child died. An autopsy found multiple broken ribs. Then Tralmer’s ex came forward and claimed that he had abused her daughter in the past.
We hope that Tralmer accepts responsibility and changes his ways.