ROCKLAND — A Camden man accused of beating his wife and daughters over the past five years was indicted by a Knox County grand jury on Tuesday on charges that include refusing to allow his 2-year-old daughter to be taken to the hospital for an illness that later claimed her life.

Senad Brkic, left, speaks with defense attorney for the day Daniel Purdy during a hearing in December in Knox County Unified Court. Courier Gazette/Stephen Betts

Senad Brkic, 42, was indicted on three counts of felony aggravated assault, domestic violence assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Brkic was arrested in December on two counts of felony aggravated assault and one misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge.

He is free after posting bail of $2,500 cash.

The charge of endangering the welfare of a child stems from a March 2016 incident in which Brkic is accused of refusing to let his daughter go to the hospital after her health deteriorated from a bout of influenza. The girl’s mother “disobeyed” her husband and eventually took the child to the hospital, but the girl died from sepsis that was a complication from the flu, according to a police report filed in court in December by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dwight Burtis.

The aggravated assault charges involved his two other daughters and his wife, the indictments said, and were perpetrated with “extreme indifference to the value of human life.”


In the December police affidavit, Brkic’s wife told the detective that her husband suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He lost his left arm while fighting in the 1991-95 Bosnian Civil War, the affidavit says.

The woman said the family has lived in the United States for 16 years, but she said her husband isolated her by not letting her make friends or get a job. 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.

According to the December affidavit, both daughters said he had 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. One 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 also said Brkic was apprehended by police in New Mexico in 2013 after he got angry and intentionally drove their 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.

Brkic is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on April 12.

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