Man Charged in Death of 2-Year-Old Boy who Suffered Skull Fracture
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy. Dallas Bogard, 25, has been charged with first-degree assault in connection with the boy’s death.
Police said the child was taken to a hospital on Friday, Jan. 25, after Bogard reported a bookshelf had fallen on him. The child died Monday.
Bogard told police he was engaged to the boy’s mother and that they lived together. Bogard said he was watching the boy while his mother was at work when the boy was injured.
According to court documents, Bogard said the boy was in his bedroom with the door shut when Bogard heard a thud. When Bogard checked on the child, he said he found him underneath a bookshelf and that he appeared injured. Bogard said he tried to conduct CPR but the boy remained unresponsive, so he call 911.
The boy’s mother told police she had recently seen bruises on her son’s legs, neck and back. According to court documents, the bruises on the boy’s neck were located under the jaw line. The boy’s mother said she thought her son had an iron deficiency and was planning on taking him to a doctor.
She told detectives her son had climbed the bookshelf in the past and it had fallen over, but that he had never been injured. She stated that she did not believe the bookshelf weighed enough to inflict the injuries her son suffered from. Medical staff said the boy suffered from a temporal skull fracture with swelling to the brain and upper spinal area.
Detectives later described the bookshelf in court documents as a four-shelf bookshelf that was standing against the wall in the boy’s bedroom. The bookshelf did not have any sides or a back and appeared to be “light in weight.”
Detectives also found several empty packets of Orgasmo, which is commonly known as K2 and is used as synthetic marijuana.