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Indictment alleges father refused to allow child, who later died, to go to hospital

By Stephen Betts | Apr 04, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Senad Brkic, standing in an orange jail uniform, speaks with defense attorney for the day Daniel Purdy during a hearing Monday, Dec. 18, in Knox County Unified Court.

Rockland — A Knox County grand jury indicted 10 people Tuesday, April 3, including a Camden man accused of torturing his family over the past five years. Among the charges against him is that he refused to allow his 2-year-old daughter to be taken to the hospital for an illness which later claimed her life.

Senad Brkic, 42, was indicted on three counts of felony aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. Brkic was arrested in December on two counts of felony aggravated assault and one misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge.

He is free after posting bail of $2,500 cash.

The endangering the welfare of a child charge stems from a March 2016 incident in which Brkic is alleged to have refused to let his daughter go to the hospital when her health deteriorated from a bout of influenza. The girl's mother "disobeyed" her husband and eventually took the child to the hospital, but she died from sepsis that was a complication from the flu, according to a report filed in court in December by Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Dwight Burtis.

The aggravated assault charges involved two of his daughters and his wife, according to the indictments. The assaults were perpetrated with "extreme indifference to the value of human life," according to the indictments.

In the December police affidavit, the wife told the detective that her husband suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. He lost his left arm while fighting in the Bosnian Civil War, according to the affidavit. That civil war occurred from 1991 until the end of 1995.

The woman said the family has lived in the United States for 16 years, but her husband would not let her make friends or get a job and isolated her. When she complained to him about his abuse, Brkic told her that he would win in court and that she did not understand the legal system.

Brkic is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges April 12.

Also indicted was George E. Gilmore, 32, Rockland, for Class A elevated aggravated assault and Class B aggravated assault, both on Dec. 6, 2017, in Rockland. Gilmore was arrested Dec. 6 after police said he stabbed 33-year-old Morgan Robinson at the Knox Apartments on Knox Street.

Other indictments issued April 3 were:

Paul A. Heino, 43, Warren, felony theft Oct. 5 in Warren at Maritime Farms. The theft of a newspaper and cigarettes is a felony charge because of two prior theft convictions. Heino was also indicted for driving after revocation, and violation of a condition of release.

Andrew S. Davis, 29, Thomaston, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon (sword or butterfly knife) Feb. 22 in Thomaston; violation of condition of release.

David E. Burton, 61, South Thomaston, felony theft of more than $1,000 in cash from June 9, 2014, to July 24, 2017, from Midcoast Marine Supply in Thomaston.

Anthony Jack Hardy, 25, Maine State Prison, Warren, robbery, theft of commisary items, and assault May 17, 2017, in Warren.

Eric Dickerson, 37, North Haven, felony aggravated criminal operating under the influence July 16, 2017, in which a woman was seriously injured.

Jermaine A. Davis, 42, Rockland, felony domestic violence assault on Dec. 17 in Rockland. The offense charge is a felony because of a prior domestic violence conviction.

James C. Smith, 32, Waldoboro, assault on an officer (corrections officer) Feb. 21 in Rockland.

Roger E. Rowling Jr., 53, Cushing, criminal OUI, and operating beyond license condition or restriction.

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