Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

UPDATED: Man suspected of injuring girlfriend’s sons to appear in court today

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 18, 2012 at 6:39 am with 10 Comments »
May 18, 2012 2:06 pm

UPDATED at 1:06 p.m.

Pierce County prosecutors plan to ask that a 28-year-old man suspected of seriously injuring his girlfriend’s two young sons be held in jail throughout the weekend as detectives investigate the allegations against him.

Stephan Perebeynos is being held in Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault on a child. He will make his first court appearance this afternoon.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said charges will not be filed today. Instead, prosecutors ask for a 72-hour so the investigation can continue. Perebeynos’ arraignment will be scheduled for Monday.

Fircrest police and Pierce County sheriff’s investigators say Perebeynos had been watching his girlfriend’s three children, a 7-year-old girl, a nearly 3-year-old boy and 18-month-old boy, for the past several days while she was at a drug treatment facility.

Perebeynos called 911 Thursday to report the youngest boy, Makai Hampton, wasn’t waking up. Officers found a critically wounded toddler with severe head trauma and bruises all over his body. He was rushed to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma.

Officers then started to search for the other two children. They found the girl safe at school but didn’t know where older boy, Tyrone Hampton Jr., was and alerted the media.

Perebeynos told investigators that Tyrone had been kidnapped by his biological father at a local Safeway days earlier but the abduction wasn’t reported to police.

The girl, however, told investigators that she had seen her brother Thursday morning before leaving for school.

After seeing coverage of the missing boy on the news, a relative of Perebeynos’ brought Tyrone to Mary Bridge later Thursday. He was treated for cuts and bruises, then released, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said today.

He added that investigators don’t have a motive for the boys’ injuries.

“Nothing (the boyfriend) has said was consistent,” Troyer said.

The children’s mother, Heather Berven, was at Mary Bridge on Thursday night with her sons.

“I just hope my babies are OK,” she told KIRO. “They didn’t deserve this, and I don’t understand who could do something so awful.”

She said she’s been told her youngest son has a 50 percent chance of survival. Her older son had a neck brace and his eyes are purple and black.

The boys’ father, Tyrone Hampton, told KIRO he drove from Oregon to Tacoma overnight after hearing about his boys.

The 7-year-old girl and the 3-year-old boy have been taken into state protective custody.

Thomas Shapley, spokesman for the state Department of Social and Health Services, said the agency had no open cases involving the family as of Thursday.

There had been three prior referrals, however. The most recent came from a Puyallup Tribal health provider on Aug. 3, 2011. The provider called because of suspicious injuries inside Makai’s mouth, Shapley said.  The boy was 9 months old at the time.

A social worker went to the family’s last known address three times but never found anyone home.

“We initiated an investigation but didn’t complete it because we couldn’t find the family,” Shapley said.

Child Protective Services had received two other referrals regarding the family in 2010 but neither referral involved allegations of abuse or neglect of the children. Both had to do with the parents and their behavior.

Leave a comment Comments → 10
  1. tree_guy says:

    I wonder if “boyfriends” are appropriate care givers for a gaggle of little kids. Mothers, if you need someone to watch you kids please consider a blood relative or one of your girlfriends.

  2. another_opinion says:

    It breaks my heart every time I read of children injured by supposed ‘caregivers’! It happens too often these day. Anyone who would knowingly harm a child is not fit to participate in society and should be locked up and the key thrown away. Harming children is not normal human behavior.

  3. lakewoodnative says:

    Boyfriend of the mother assaults her kids…… shocker. Moms out there, BEWARE of the boyfriend that you allow to watch you kids. What a lowlife, dirtbag.

  4. Willbe2 says:

    Honestly, when will mothers of young children learn that their boyfriends are not capable of being good, nurturing babysitters? Every article I’ve read these last 8 months reveal that young children (3 years and younger)were beaten to the point of death and were watched by boyfriends. Isn’t that an indication of caution?

  5. rawdibob says:

    Hmm, I wonder if there is a reason Momma BEAR doesn’t leave her cubs in the care of a male bear?

  6. delsol40 says:

    Mom is in a drug treatment center, leaves kids with boyfriend?? Maybe she has no other family who knows, but i cant Imagine she did a very good job herself if she was drugged up enough to leave her kids with a person who was probably on drugs as well..they both should be held accountable. I’ve never heard of a drug treatment program that is only a few days. The whole story seems shady!!

  7. Rowdy_Rob says:

    @delsol: I gotta agree with your last sentence. I think there’s more to this whole situation that has yet to be revealed/released. Something tells me BOTH of these “adults” aren’t fit to rear/raise a child…

  8. StopChildAbuse12 says:

    I am so sick amd tired of people who abuse children. You really can’t trust anyone watching your kids and if you do make sure it is a good person and put up cameras for extra safety. My daughter was assaulted by her father while I was at work and she was 4 months old and we still haven’t went to trial and it’s been two years,while he sits in jail. I would of never thought something like this would of happened to my child and reminded everyday. There is no excuse for abuse!! I pray for those kids and especially the 18 month old with the brain injury because my daughter as a result of being assaulted by her father has severe brain damage and unable to have a normal life. Any person that could hurt a child doesn’t deserve life or any sympathy. People are quick to blame these mothers but take a good look at the sick men that made the choice to harm a child and let them be accountable for their actions. Their are a lot of sick mothers too so I am not excusing them. We are supposed to love,protect and take care our children. My heart goes out to the kids and I hope the mother gets the help she needs.

  9. npdwiser says:

    Abuse of any kind is not acceptable to a child or an adult. Emotional, verbal, or physical! Abusers come in all shapes and can hide very well in our society. Heck, my ex-fiance was a special ed teacher in the area and abused my son emotionally and verbally. They are not going to be drug addicts most of the time either. People with disorders have learned how to fit into society and do their damage behind closed doors. Manipulation and control is their goal and they will twist the facts, blame and play the victim to get out of the consequences. Luckily this guy wasn’t that smart in hiding his evil and was caught. Guarantee that this was not the first time he did this to them. Now that the girlfriend, the one who most likely chose to live in denial or bought into the fact the kids deserved it, was not in the equation anymore. Thank God the kids were taken away!

  10. basrouge says:

    No child should be subjected to anything other than love and kindness. Real Parents love their children unconditionally and would protect them from anything. I pray that the boy makes a full recovery to live a long and happy life away from abuse and neglect.

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0