Court dates set in child abuse case

May 11, 2019 | Courts|Headlines

NEWKIRK — Court dates are set for three people accused of neglecting and or abusing a child.

James Paul Pomerantz, 30, Wichita, Kan. is facing a felony charge of child abuse and is scheduled to appear in Kay County District Court on May 17.
Blackwell Police Lt. Jay Brewer reports in the affidavit that Pomerantz is accused of abusing a 12-month old with a game referred to as “Chubby Cheeks,” in which he pinches the cheeks.

Authorities believe the pinching caused extensive bruising on the child’s cheeks. Pomerantz reportedly admitted to a Department of Human Service worker that he does play rough but when the child starts crying he stops.

He also reportedly admitted to tossing the child onto the couch but, “does not throw him.” Other children in the home reportedly told authorities that Pomerantz changed the bath water from cold to hot, burning the infant.

The infant was transported to OU Medical where doctors report the child was suffering from bruising on the cheeks, a red area believed to be a burn on the back, skull fracture, rib fracture and a possible leg fracture.

Pomerantz is being held on $25,000 bond and Jarrod Stevenson has been appointed as counsel.

Also facing charges are Tami Ann Rohlin, 40, and John Lee Rohlin, 49, both of Blackwell. The couple are facing charges of child neglect and failure to to report child abuse. Authorities report the pair are accused of failing to take their children to doctor appointments and failing to report the injuries to the infant believed to have been caused by Pomerantz. The couple are set to appear for status dockets on Aug. 16 and are free on own recognizance bonds granted by Judge David Wilkie.

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