Charge: Dad who put baby in freezer stopped mom from calling 911

TACOMA, Wash. -- The man who allegedly put his 6-week-old daughter in the freezer to stop her from crying also tried to stop the baby's mother from calling 911, according to charges filed Tuesday.

Roy resident Tyler Deutsch, 25, has been charged with assault of a child, criminal mistreatment and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence for the incident that happened over the weekend.

According to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, Deutsch was tired and his baby was crying, so he put her in the freezer, wearing only a diaper, with some frozen cauliflower and a bag of ice and then fell asleep.

Deutsch was awakened when the baby's mother arrived back at the couple's trailer and pulled his daughter out of the freezer, according to charges. The baby had blistered skin and a body temperature of 84 degrees after spending an hour in the freezer.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, the baby's mother tried to call 911 but Deutsch took the phone away from her because he didn't want to get in trouble. The mother was able to leave the trailer and get a neighbor to call for help.

"This is one of those crimes that defy understanding," Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a press release. "Our prayers are with the baby."

The baby, who also had a broken arm and leg and a head injury, is expected to survive, though complications are possible.

A thermometer inside the freezer registered a temperature of 10 degrees.

Deutsch will be in court Tuesday afternoon.