Man accused of hurting girlfriend's daughter, 4, while babysitting

Man accused of hurting girlfriend's daughter, 4, while babysitting

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A man is accused of injuring his girlfriend's daughter while babysitting her last month.

Anthony Popplewell, 26, of Elmwood Place, is scheduled to face a judge Tuesday on a child endangering charge.

The girl's mother told investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office she left her daughter, 4, with Popplewell while she went to work on Jan. 13, records state.

A couple hours later, she said she received a text from him asking about an injury to her daughter's face, records show.

She said she responded that the girl was not hurt prior to her going to work.

When she returned home nearly eight hours after leaving, the mother said she saw the injuries as well as a discolored eye socket, records state.

Popplewell told the woman her daughter fell down the stairs.

Later that evening, once Popplewell left, the mother asked the child what happened and she said he pushed her down the stairs, pulled her hair, slammed her on the ground and punched her knee, court records state.

The next day, the girl became ill, and the mother took her to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Liberty. Medical staff photographed the girl injuries, which included multiple bruises to her body, including a large red one to her eye socket, records show.

A doctor told investigators the child's injuries were not original to a stair fall, particularly the large bruise to her left eye, "which appears to have been caused by a punch from a person," a detective wrote in a sworn statement.

When investigators met with Popplewell, he said his daughter was with him while he cared for his girlfriend's daughter. He said his daughter caused the injury to the 4-year-old's right cheek, but he could not account for the other injuries all over the child's body, according to court records.

"Anthony stated he was responsible for some of the injuries, but not all of them," the detective's affidavit states. "When asked which injuries he was responsible for, Anthony became quiet and never answered."

This is not the first time Popplewell has been charged with child endangering.

He was convicted of child endangering in last year and served seven months at Hamilton County jail, records show.

In that case, he was accused of leaving his daughter behind at a United Dairy Farmers store in Elmwood Place on Jan. 13, 2015.

Police said drug instruments and paraphernalia were found in his vehicle, exposing the child to used hypodermic needles and drug residue.

He also was convicted of possessing drug abuse instruments, court records show.

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