A Camden man is facing assault charges following allegations that he has abused his family for years, including denying medical care to his 2-year-old daughter who later died.

Senad Brkic, 42, of Camden, is being held at the Knox County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of domestic violence assault. Brkic was arrested last Thursday and charged with violating a protective order his wife had taken out against him to protect herself and their three children.

The new assault charges were filed with the Knox County Unified Court on Monday.

A police affidavit filed with the court includes statements made by his wife and his two daughters, detailing the abuse they say they have suffered at the hands of Brkic, including that he would repeatedly choke and punch them.

His wife told police that Brkic denied her requests to take their 2-year-old daughter to the hospital when she was sick. His wife said she ultimately “disobeyed” Brkic and took the child to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport to seek treatment, though the child “died soon after from complications of that illness,” according to an affidavit written by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dwight Brutis.

While it is not clear exactly when this death occurred, based on the child’s date of birth and her age when she died, the death occurred sometime between April 1, 2016 and March 30, 2017.

“A more detailed interview with Mrs. Brkic regarding the death of the 2-year-old,” will be conducted, according to the affidavit.

In a June 2017 incident, Brkic allegedly choked his 15-year-old daughter, causing her to lose her breath, and then proceeded to grab her by her hair and bang her head against the car window, Burtis wrote in the affidavit.

Brkic allegedly broke his wife’s ribs in a 2009 incident in Belfast causing her to go to Waldo County General Hospital for treatment. Burtis notes in the affidavit that the hospital’s records confirm that she was treated at the hospital and x-rays revealed that she had broken ribs.

The family has been living in Camden for the last four years, but had previously lived in other parts of the U.S. since moving to the country from their native Bosnia 16 years ago, court documents state.

In a written statement Brkic’s wife filed with the request for the protective order, she claimed that Brkic was controlling of her and their children, stating that he didn’t allow her to work outside of the home or have friends. Brkic’s wife said that she has not come forward previously about the abuse because her husband told her she didn’t understand the laws in the U.S., that no one would believe her and that immigration services would make her leave the country.

On Dec. 13, the day before his arrest, Brick was presented with the protective order and removed from the apartment he shared with his wife and children. According to the court documents, his wife has filed for divorce. The documents also state the the children are homeschooled.

Brkic’s wife told police that Brkic suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from fighting in the Bosnian Civil War, in which he lost his left arm.

According to the affidavit, the investigation is still ongoing.

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