Mother's day sarted uneventful, due to the fact that P was at her dad's. He did bring her home early Sunday so we could spend the day together. When he dropped her off, he told me she did something to the Future Ex-Stepmother, and he spanked P (but he didn't tell me he spanked her twice for the same thing, nor did he tell me the other details).
Fast forward about 4 hours, and P was walking around the house after her nap in her undies. I noticed something purple on her upper thigh. I asked her what happened and she said 'My daddy took my pants and panties off and spanked me hard'. I looked at her butt and she had some SERIOUS bruises. All I could do was cry.
My first thought was to call up the Get Along Gang (the CRAZY folks that have NOTHING to lose that I used to hang out with when I was stationed here) and just give them his address and let them handle it.
Instead, I called two friends who are nurses at military hospitals here. Both said the same thing...take her to the emergency room at the World's Busiest Hospital. (One reminded me that he's spanked her with no pants on before, and this time was a tad worse, and if I don't put a stop to it he will really hurt her the next time). So, we went to the ER about 6pm, and after the nurse checked us in, another nurse came in to look at her butt and leg. After about another hour, a social worker and 2 military police showed up and checked her out. Since he left a bruise, the police classified it as abuse. They later called in her pediatrician to complete a report. Everyone that came in the room for the next 3 hours was briefed by P. She told the SAME story to everyone, and even dropped her underwear a few times to show proof.
After spending 5 1/2 hours in the ER, we were back at home.
To make a long story short, D was 'invited' to the police station on base to make a statement. I was told that if he incriminates himself (by saying 'I spanked my daughter') they will charge him with assault, since they documented the 'evidence'. Since there is a 'no contact' order (military restraining order) in place, he can't contact me or P in any way. Right now, I don't know what has happened or will happen to him.
Since we are leaving for Spain in 2 days, I was able to get an appointment with the Social Worker this morning. Of course, P briefed her on what happened. The SW asked P if she wanted to go back to D's house, and she said 'No, because he spanked me hard'.
P is fine and will be fine, but if you give her half the chance, she will give you ALL the details of her weekend, complete with information of someone 'taking pictures of my butt' (as part of the investigation). Me, on the other hand? In just 24 hours, my excema has flared and I am itching like crazy (I didn't need a $1M grant to prove that excema flares were stress related!).
Whew! I guess I'll start packing for our trip now.