Missing 3-year-old sibling of beaten toddler found; suspect in custody
FIRCREST, Washington —
A 3-year-old Fircrest boy who was reported missing after his 18-month-old sibling was found severely beaten Thursday was found and had also suffered injuries, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police said the 3-year-old turned up at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma and was taken to the emergency room. The suspect in the case had dropped the child off with a friend or relative and told that person to ignore the child’s injuries.
The friend/relative was watching KIRO 7 later on and saw Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer explaning what had happened, police said. The person then drove the 3-year-old to the hospital and told hospital workers he was the child police were looking for and that he was hurt. Then, the friend/relative left.
The story began when Fircrest Police Department responded to a 911 report of an unconscious child at a home in the 1000 block of Panorama Drive at about 1:15 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. The call was placed by the child’s mother’s boyfriend, who said the child would not wake up.
Police and firefighters found an 18-month-old child with major head trauma and brusing on its body, police said. The child was rushed to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
Investigators said the child’s mother was away from the home for the last four days receiving medical treatment and was not at the residence when the child was injured.
Fircrest police and Sheriff’s detectives immediately took the boyfriend, 28-year-old Stephan V. Perebeynos, into custody. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail for first-degree assault of a child.
Investigators said the mother’s two other children, Hampton and a 7-year-old, were also left in their mother’s boyfriend’s care. Child Protective Services placed the 7-year-old into protective custody, but the 3-year-old couldn’t immediately be found. Police said Perebeynos told them the 3-year-old was kidnapped four days ago, but officers said they have since determined that isn’t true.
KIRO 7 cameras saw officers checking a car truck and dumpsters when they showed up to the apartment complex.
Perebeynos is in custody, but police are asking the public to report any “suspicious sightings” of him. He is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 225 pounds with brown eyes and light brown hair, a goatee and mustache. He drives a white four-door Pontiac Grand Am. Anyone who has seen the vehicle between Wednesday and Thursday evening is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.
Source: KIRO News