Sunday, July 15, 2007

Neglected child suffers from seizures!

The mother of a badly beaten baby girl is charged with child neglect because she didn’t step in to stop the abuse, police say. Authorities arrested her boyfriend, Maurice Moore, a month ago because they say he was responsible for the skull fractures that caused seizures in the 16-month-old.

The girl’s mother, Ashanta Williams, took the victim to Brooksville Regional Hospital on June 3 because of the seizures. The baby was sent to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment and the Department of Children and Families took custody of her. A later affidavit written by Brooksville officer Shawn Terry details extensive injuries to the girl, including three broken ribs, skull fractures, stab wounds and trauma from punches.

Some bruises were caused by a beating with a belt or cord and marks around the girls ankles indicated she was tied up at one point, according to the affidavit. Several of the bruises had already healed and left behind scars, the affidavit states, leading Terry to conclude that Williams knew or should have known “that the abuse was occurring and did nothing to protect her child from future violence.”Williams, 26, was arrested Thursday and held on a $50,000 bond.


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