Claims include that care was denied to 2-year-old who later died

Camden man accused of torturing family for years

By Stephen Betts | Dec 18, 2017
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.

Camden — A Camden man remains in jail after police said he beat and choked members of his family over many years.

Among the other allegations in the arrest warrant for Senad Brkic is that he refused to get medical care for the couple's 2-year-old daughter who later died.

Brkic, 42, is charged with two counts of Class B aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

Brkic was initially arrested last week for violating a protection from abuse order obtained by his wife on behalf of their two daughters. Police say he returned to their home after the court-issued protection order was served on him. Bail was set at $2,500 cash for that offense.

The new charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence assault were filed Monday, Dec. 18, in Knox County Unified Court.

Judge Susan Sparaco set a concurrent bail of $2,500 cash on the new charges during Brkic's brief court hearing Monday. Even if he raises the money, he would be required to reach a contract agreement with Maine Pre-Trial Services before he could be released.

He remains at the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

The affidavit filed in court by Knox County Sheriff's Office Detective Dwight Burtis cites statements from both Brkic's wife and daughters detailing abuse they have suffered at his hands over the years.

Both daughters say he has put his hands around their necks to the point that they couldn't breathe. Incidents occurred this past summer, including one in which he tried to strangle one of them and slammed her head against a car window. Another daughter reported that he tried to strangle her as he held her down on a couch at their home.

The wife reported that Brkic assaulted her many times, including an occasion in 2009 in which she suffered broken ribs. The Knox County detective checked with Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast and confirmed the woman was treated for broken ribs at the time she reported.

The family members also said their father was apprehended by police in New Mexico in 2013 after he got angry and intentionally drove the car in which they were all passengers the wrong way on the interstate. The Knox County detective said he confirmed that allegation with police in New Mexico.

The incident involving the 2-year-old girl occurred two years ago. The girl was very ill, but Brkic refused to let her be seen by a doctor. The wife eventually "disobeyed" his orders and took her to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. The 2-year-old died soon after from sepsis as the result of not being treated for influenza, according to police.

That matter remains under investigation, according to the 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.

Comments (6)
Posted by: mark zable | Dec 26, 2017 16:50

Ms. Libby, seeing as you're not sure if they get away with it or not I'm a little confused as to how you can call it a crime caused by cultural difference. Probably isn't fact.

Posted by: Laura Libby-Campbell | Dec 20, 2017 05:24

I'm sorry Ms Fogg...but Cultural Difference does play a part in this....the difference is where he comes from they probably get away with if it is proven you are disciplined.

Posted by: Carl Philbrook | Dec 18, 2017 21:07

There is no excuse for his abuse.


Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Dec 18, 2017 16:44

This is not a cultural difference. It more likely reflects a man who went through a savage war or grew up himself in a sadistic family.  We have people like this in our own country, not just from "Away".

Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Dec 18, 2017 15:42

This is what happens when people excuse the cultural differences of another society and right it off as acceptable when the abuses are in plain sight but they refuse to speak up !

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 18, 2017 15:11

Goes way beyond sad. Hope that the family is receiving plenty of support. :(

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