Father charged with infant’s brain injury wins access to baby’s mother

Drew Wyatt Oldenburg

A man who remains jailed after an alleged attack that sent his infant son to the pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando has won the right to resume contact with the baby’s mother.

A public defender representing 26-year-old Drew Oldenburg of Fruitland Park has persuaded a judge to allow his client to have “non-violent contact” with the baby’s mother. Court documents indicate the baby’s mother wants to have contact with Oldenburg, who remains behind bars on $25,000 bond at the Lake County Jail.

Oldenburg has entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of aggravated child abuse in Lake County Court.

The baby had been transferred May 20 to the Orlando hospital from Leesburg Regional Medical Center. A tube had to be placed in the baby’s skull to drain blood that had accumulated around his brain, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The attending physician said the baby’s injury was the “equivalent of a high-speed vehicle accident.”

The baby previously had been admitted May 7 to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital after suddenly turning “limp and white.” The baby was released May 10. Medical examinations indicated the child suffered “an episode of abusive head trauma” likely before the first visit to the hospital, the arrest report said.

Lake County Court records also show that a woman other than the mother of the baby Oldenburg allegedly injured had taken Oldenburg to court seeking support for a child they had in common.

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