HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A Hackensack couple are facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child after investigators discovered they inflicted severe physical abuse on their two-month-old baby who never sought medical treatment for the injuries.
The Division of Child Protection and Permanency on October 11 advised the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit that a two-month-old baby was being taken to Hackensack University Medical Center following a caseworker’s observations of “significant bruising” on the baby’s forehead.
Physicians at Hackensack University Medical Center performed a medical evaluation, which revealed that the baby had 12 broken ribs in various stages of healing, two fractured clavicles in different stages of healing, a fractured arm and various bruises and lacerations.
An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office determined that the injuries were inflicted by 35-year-old William Galan, who is unemployed, and 37-year-old Heather Chambers, a supermarket employee, both of Hackensack.
On Thursday, December 19, the pair were charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, a crime in the second-degree. The following day, they were arrested and remanded to Bergen County Jail. They are due at Central Judicial Processing Court in the city today.