A Clinton couple accused of neglecting their baby boy’s medical needs were to stand trial Monday, however that trial has been canceled pending a ruling on a motion to sever the trials, which if approved would allow the two to be tried separately.
Rick Bausman and Mindi Augsburger are each accused of a felony charge of child endangerment resulting in serious injury. Their 1-year-old baby boy, Alijah, suffered brain damage and had to undergo surgery after the couple allegedly failed to seek medical attention for the boy.
Bausman and Augsburger are accused of failing to take Alijah to a follow-up appointment in January 2010 with a Morrison, Ill., doctor. The couple took the baby to the emergency room on Feb. 8, 2010, after he began to suffer seizures.
Alijah was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after being admitted to Mercy North Hospital. An Iowa City specialist reported the child was suffering from a large chronic subdural hematoma covering the entire brain and cerebellum posteriorly, along with a contusional tear and retinal hemorrhages.
The doctor’s report stated the retinal hemorrhages can be caused by abusive head trauma or by a major accident, such as a child being thrown out of a vehicle or falling a significant distance, according to the affidavit. The doctor determined Alijah’s parents repeatedly failed to seek medical treatment for the infant, knowingly creating a substantial risk to his health, the affidavit states.
Alijah underwent medical procedures that required anesthesia and surgery to repair the serious damage to his brain.
The next court date has been set for 9 a.m. Thursday.