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Doctor Alerts WPD to Warwick Child Abuse Arrest

[CREDIT: WPD] Gerardo Casillas, 43, of Warwick, the suspect in a recent Warwick child abuse arrest, charged with child abuse in the serious injury of his son on March 8, 2024.

[CREDIT: WPD] Gerardo Casillas, 43, of Warwick, the suspect in a recent Warwick child abuse arrest, charged with child abuse in the serious injury of his son on March 8, 2024.
[CREDIT: WPD] Gerardo Casillas, 43, of Warwick, the suspect in a recent Warwick child abuse arrest, charged with child abuse in the serious injury of his son on March 8, 2024.
WARWICK, RI — A Hasbro Children’s Hospital doctor alerted Warwick Police to a Warwick boy’s serious injury, leading WPD detectives to  arrest the boy’s father March 9.

According to the physician, the boy had been admitted the previous evening with what was described as a serious bodily injury, according to Warwick Police.   

WPD Detectives Randy Bell and Oliver Pinheiro, members of the Special Victims’ Unit (SVU) investigated the boy’s injury, leading to their arrest of the boy’s father, Gerardo Casillas, 43, of Warwick.

Casillas will be arraigned today in Third Division District Court on a charge of First Degree Child Abuse.  First Degree Child Abuse carries a possible 20 year sentence upon conviction, Warwick Police noted in announcing the arrest and charges against Casillas.  

Under Rhode Island law 40-11, anyone who suspects that a child has been a victim of sexual abuse by another child is required to report the incident to the state Department of Children, Youth, and Families within 24 hours.

Anyone with knowledge of child abuse is legally obligated to report it to the DCYF Child Abuse Hotline (24/7) at 1-800-RI CHILD (1-800-742-4453).

 

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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