Police Release 911 Calls of Man Who Beat 7-Year-Old Girl
Byron Syvinski could not say why he needed help.
The man accused of beating a 7-year-old girl nearly to death was, himself, in distress.
That much is clear in the 911 recordings that CBS 11 obtained this morning through a public records request.
Byron Syvinski, 32, called police repeatedly, for three hours -- the day before police say he brutally attacked the young girl in his Midtown neighborhood.
But Syvinski could not say why he needed help.
There were nine telephone contacts altogether, lasting from a couple minutes to more than 20, even capturing Syvinski being taken into protective custody at his home in the 3300 block of Eide Street.
The phone calls depict a desperate but unfocused man who threatened suicide without naming the demons that were stalking him.
One answer we don't have tonight: why the staff at Providence Psychiatric Emergency Department chose to let him go later that day -- the day before 7-year-old Am-Marie Martin nearly lost her life.
Charging documents say Syvinski had accosted others in the neighborhood on Sunday, June 5, before suddenly attempting to take a bicycle from Am-Marie and then punching her in the head repeatedly when she refused to get off of it.
Syvinski seemingly had been going through a crisis the previous day, June 4.
“I’m in danger to myself right now,” Syvinski told a dispatcher. “OK, well, we can help you with that,” she replied. He continued: “I just **ing I’m about to ***ing jump over this ***ing thing ... Jump over this ***ing railing -- hello?” “I’m here, I’m here,” the dispatcher reassured him.
From just after 7:30 to about 10:30 that morning, Syvinski talked repeatedly with dispatchers on his cell phone, from multiple locations.
He also made contact with officers and was given a ride home from Wal-Mart, but continued to call 911, even though he struggled to explain what was bothering him.
“What do you need an officer for? An officer already took you home,” a dispatcher pressed him. “Because of certain people around me right now, that I’ve seen, that almost tried to run me over,” he said. “They wouldn't be trying to run you over if you stayed home,” she advised him.
Syvinski mentioned, vaguely, problems with his mother, brother and neighbors.
He seemed to hyperventilate at times, prompting one dispatcher to ask: “What do you need? What do you need, Byron? You need the paramedics?”
Finally, officers took Syvinski into protective custody and drove him to the Providence Psychiatric Emergency Room.
He was released later that day.
Police Lt. Dave Parker says department protocol was followed in dealing with Syvinski, and police had no authority to hold him because no crime had been committed.
"There were no threats that he made towards other people -- no threats towards the dispatchers, no threats towards the officers."
Providence does not generally inform police about how they deal with patients in the psych ward.
"In terms of psychological evaluation, we all understand that that's an imperfect science,” Parker said. “I would hate to be in a situation where I had to make those kinds of evaluations because I don't have the qualifications to do that."
A Providence spokeswoman declined to discuss Syvinski, citing federal privacy laws.
In an emailed statement, she added:
"However, we can speak generally about how patients are served in providence's psychiatric emergency department. These patients are provided a thorough assessment for both medical and psychiatric conditions. Based on this evaluation, they are treated and referred as appropriate."