Easton Man Charged With Child Abuse

“An Easton man was arrested and charged last week with injuring a 1-year-old girl this summer. According to the Easton Police Department and court records, Earl Luther Wilt Jr., 39, of 806 Arcadia Street was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, first- and second-degree child abuse and reckless endangerment. The charges stem from two incidents between July 8 and 31 and August 30 and 31 when Wilt was taking care of the 1-year-old daughter of Carrie Yeager, who was listed in the police report as Wilt’s girlfriend.

In the July incident, Wilt allegedly broke the girl’s forearm and caused a skull fracture resulting in swelling and brain bleeding. According to court records, Yeager told investigators Wilt insisted the incident go unreported and the child not receive treatment. “”(The girl) had bruises all over her forehead, her head was swollen up like a balloon and the back of her head was soft and felt like Jell-O,”” Yeager reportedly told police.

In the August incident, Wilt allegedly held the girl’s hand to a heated stove burner resulting in second-degree burns and shook the child violently causing a skull fracture, brain bleeding, facial bruising, vomiting and lethargy. The injuries lasted through September 5 when Yeager took her to the Memorial Hospital at Easton. Yeager told police Wilt again insisted the girl not be treated and that the incident should not be reported. After an examination, doctors determined the girl suffered from shaken baby syndrome and had received previous injuries. She was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment, where doctors reportedly confirmed the earlier evaluation.

Charges were filed against Wilt on October 1. After his arrest last week, Wilt was taken before a Talbot County Court Commissioner who ordered him held at the Talbot County Detention Center in Easton on $50,000 bond. A trial date has not yet been set. Court records show Wilt was convicted of violating a restraining order in 2007 in Frederick County and served 54 days in the Frederick County Detention Center.