On September 11, 2018, Shakedowntitle – CrimeRocket’s sister site – broke a story about FRANKLIN WILLIAM RZUCEK charged with misdemeanor child abuse on October 31, 2015.
For reference, by the end of October 2015, Bella was one year ten months old [born December 17, 2013] and Celeste three-and-a-half months old [born July 17, 2015]
At the time the post went up on Shakedowntitle, many responded to this as an “empty” charge, pooh-poohing it as something that may have meant he’d simply tried to kiss an underage girl on Halloween, or offered an underage girlfriend a beer etc.
This has not been investigated or reported on by any media outlet since September.
Now it turns out the arrest was serious. The arrest states that while Rzucek was the live-in boyfriend of Kyrsten Varga [which also appears to be the name of her daughter, the victim], while the mother was at work Rzucek was alleged to have inflicted marks and bruises on the left side of the two-year-old’s face that was in his care.