Police: Abused Pataskala toddler in critical condition; mother and boyfriend arrested

Pataskala police are investigating an alleged incident of child abuse that left a two-year-old with life-threatening injuries. (WSYX/WTTE)

PATASKALA, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Pataskala police are investigating an alleged incident of child abuse that left a two-year-old with life-threatening injuries.

According to a news release from the Pataskala Division of Police, the department received a phone call from Nationwide Children's Hospital around 11 a.m. Tuesday after a toddler was taken there in critical condition. As of the latest report from police, the child's condition hasn't changed. The notification came after the West Licking Fire Department transported an unresponsive child found in the 300 block of Mulberry St.

Police said they then contacted the child's mother, 29-year-old Tiffany L. Denlinger, who said her boyfriend, 25-year-old Skyler J. Fritz, was at the residence when the injuries occurred, as was three other children: a five-month-old, five-year-old, and seven-year-old.

Officers then took Fritz to the police station for questioning where police said he confessed to causing the injuries. He has been charged with felonious assault and is in the Licking County Jail.

Denlinger is also in the Licking County Jail, charged for complicity to felonious assault

Assistant police chief Michael Boals says in his 25 years in law enforcement it’s one of the worst cases of abuse he’s seen.

Investigators have spoken with the children and they claim all have signs of possible abuse as well, which could lead to more charges.

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