Story Summary

Father accused of putting baby in freezer

A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly putting his 6-week-old daughter in a freezer in their home to stop her from crying. Tyler Deutsch, 25, who lives near Roy, was booked into the Pierce County Jail on May 25 on suspicion of attempted murder. The baby was rushed to the hospital with a body temperature of 84 degrees. The infant’s 22-year-old mother called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and said she had found her boyfriend taking the baby out of the freezer in their home near the city of Roy.

Story Timeline
Previous Next
This story has 3 updates

TACOMA — Tyler Deutsch, 26, of Roy, was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for child assault for putting his 6-week-old baby girl in a freezer to get her to stop crying and for other injuries she suffered.

Despite being in the freezer for nearly 90 minutes, the child recovered from hypothermia.

“Though the child has fully recovered, and we are grateful for that, this was a horrible and inexplicable crime,” Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said after the sentencing.

TYLERDEUTSCHThe incident occurred on May 25, 2013.

Deutsch’s girlfriend, and the mother of the child, said she saw Deutsch take the baby out of the freezer when she came home from work.

The child was in the freezer for as long as 90 minutes, deputy prosecutor Michelle Hyer said.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the baby’s mother left the child in Deutsch’s care while she went out. The baby’s father wanted to take a nap, but the baby was crying so he placed her in the freezer, went into his bedroom and fell asleep. About 90 minutes later, when he heard the baby’s mother coming home, the father rushed to the freezer and took the child out.

The mother said when she left, the baby was fully clothed. When she returned home, the baby was “only wearing a diaper,” Hyer added.

Court documents say the freezer was only 10 degrees inside and the baby’s body temperature had dropped to 85.  Investigators say she had been lying on top of a bag of cauliflower and half-empty bag of ice.

“Additionally, there was a broken arm, broken leg and head injuries that we believe were caused by the defendant. This is one of those crimes that defy understanding,” Lindquist said at the time charges were filed.

Deutsch was charged with first-degree assault of a child, first-degree criminal mistreatment and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

He pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to one count of first-degree child assault.

Local News
05/28/13

Man charged with leaving baby in freezer

Baby

Tyler Deutsch, 25, who lives near Roy, was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly putting his baby daughter, shown here on April 9, in a freezer Saturday to try to stop her from crying. (Photo: Facebook)

ROY, Wash. — A 25-year-old man suspected of putting his girlfriend’s newborn daughter in a freezer was charged with first-degree assault of a child and other crimes Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, Tyler James Deutsch put his girlfriend’s 6-week-old daughter in a freezer because he grew tired of her crying. The baby was allegedly in the freezer for close to an hour and had a core temperature of 84 degrees when it was taken to the hospital.

The newborn is in serious condition at a Tacoma-area hospital.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies received a domestic violence call Saturday afternoon from the 7600 block of 320th Street South. Medics were first on the scene and found a baby only wearing a diaper. The baby’s core body temperature was 84 degrees and she suffered blistered skin, a broken arm and leg and a head injury, the prosecutor’s office said.

The mother told police she and Deutsch live together in the Roy trailer. She said she left home Saturday afternoon and returned about an hour later to find Deutsch removing the baby from the freezer. She grabbed the baby and immediatly left the home to call 911.

Deutsch allegedly told detectives he was tired of the baby crying so he put her in the freezer and closed the door and then fell asleep until his girlfriend came home.

Police found a bag of cauliflower and a partial bag of ice in the freezer that registered 10 degrees.

Deutsch was charged with assault, criminal mistreatment and first-degree interfering with domestic violence. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court.

TACOMA — A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly putting his 6-week-old daughter in a freezer in their home to stop her from crying, authorities said Sunday.

deutsch1

Tyler Deutsch, 25, who lives near Roy, was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly putting his baby daughter, shown here on April 9, in a freezer Saturday to try to stop her from crying. (Photo: Facebook)

The baby was rushed to the hospital with a body temperature of 84 degrees.

Doctors at Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital expect the infant to recover, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said Sunday.

The infant’s 22-year-old mother called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and said she had found her boyfriend, Tyler Deutsch, taking the baby out of the freezer in their home in the 7600 block of 320th Street South, near the city of Roy, Troyer said.

The child is believed to have been in the freezer for about an hour.

Deutsch told sheriff’s deputies he put the infant in the freezer to stop the girl from crying, Troyer said.

He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on a charge of suspicion of attempted murder. He has no criminal history.

Advertisement