Court records show that a Mesa man reportedly abused his girlfriend's young children, causing one child to suffer several fractures and another to the point of paralysis.
On June 2, police received a report from Phoenix Children's Hospital regarding suspicious injuries they saw on a 3-year-old boy. Hospital officials reported to police that the child's arm was fractured in three places and they also found three broken ribs that were "older and healing."
The mother allegedly told police that the boy fell at the playground on May 31. She brought the child to the hospital on June 2 after his arm swelled up.
Police say they found his 5-year-old brother the next day, severely injured. The child had internal bleeding, multiple rib fractures, bruised kidneys and a lacerated liver. The child had suffered a stroke at some point, leaving him paralyzed on his left side.
The children's mother was interviewed again and this time she reportedly told police that the children were in the care of her boyfriend, 26-year-old Corey Rydell Royalty Jr., at the time they were injured. She said she was at work when they were injured.
The 3-year-old told police that Royalty broke his arm and made him fall. His brother is currently at Phoenix Children's Hospital an unable to respond to police.
Royalty is currently on probation on drug charges and is now facing one count of child abuse.