VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON — A toddler is in critical condition after her father threw her out an open hotel window and severely beat her at a Salmon Creek motel Tuesday night, according to court records.
Kyle Stephen Holder, 32, of Vancouver appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.
Clark County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Sunnyside Model on Highway 99 just before 9 p.m. Tuesday for a reported disturbance with a baseball bat. A good Samaritan who intervened in the attack on the 2-year-old girl used a bat to hit Holder, the sheriff’s office, said.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the child and her mother, Barbara Keller, were sleeping in their room when Holder walked in, grabbed the girl, carried her to the open window and threw her out onto a concrete walkway.
Holder then walked outside, picked up the girl and repeatedly threw her to the ground, the affidavit said.
Another couple, who were staying in the next room, heard screaming and came outside, according to a report by the Columbian. Donald Gilbert said he saw Holder assaulting the child and confronted him, at which point Holder stopped attacking the girl, according to court documents.
Gilbert told KGW news that he hit Holder about three or four times over the head with a baseball bat.
According to deputies, Holder was “out-of-control.” They were forced to use a stun gun to subdue him, the sheriff’s office said.
Officials said Gilbert will likely not be charged for the incident.