Babies are delicate and must be handled with care. Not every parent is able to do this and it can cause life-long consequences to the child. A woman in Evansville, Indiana has been arrested after doctors concluded she harmed her baby. The Courier Press reports.
Monica Jo Arnold told officers that she had dropped her baby because the baby had a seizure and vomited while being fed. The baby was taken via helicopter to a hospital in Indianapolis for examination. The baby had a skull fracture, brain bleeding, a retinal hemorrhage, and broken ribs.
Doctors at the hospital said that the baby’s injuries were not consistent with the woman’s story. They told police that shaking or a car accident was more likely. They also found no evidence of seizures and the rib fractures were several weeks old.
According to police, this isn’t the first time this has happened to the baby. Later, Arnold admitted that she shook the baby because she wouldn’t stop crying, then lied to doctors about the injuries.
She was arrested and taken to jail for battery with serious bodily injury and child neglect. It is unknown if the baby’s vision or mental functioning will be permanently damaged by the abuse.