3 family members arrested in Tacoma child abuse case



TACOMA, Wash. - Three members of a family were arrested Thursday on suspicion of child abuse, said detectives with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Pierce County detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 5200 block of 131st Street Court East after investigating a referral from Child Protective Services regarding a 9-year-old boy who was believed to be a victim of child abuse.

According to officials with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, CPS caseworkers took the boy from the home due to complaints of failure to thrive. The boy was living with his mother, grandmother, grandfather and aunt.

When the boy was removed from the home, caseworkers noticed he had numerous bruises on his face and had signs of malnourishment.

After the boy was evaluated, it was determined the boy had a broken clavicle and weighed 45 pounds.

Authorities said the boy told caseworkers he did not attend school because he told somebody that he gets beaten at home so now he can’t go to school. The boy also said his family hits him with spatulas, hangers and a piece of wood. 

According to the boy, his clavicle was broken when he stole food because he was hungry. When his grandfather saw him eating oatmeal, his grandfather threw him off the porch, he landed on his shoulder, vomited from the pain and saw his bone sticking up.  The boy was given ice but was not taken to see a doctor to be treated.

During the search warrant, detectives arrested the boy’s 31-year-old mother Maria Isler, 58-year-old grandmother Rosa Isler and 60-year-old grandfather Robert Isler. 

The three family members were booked into the Pierce County Jail on charges of second-degree assault of a child and are expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon.