Dropped Baby Results in Child Abuse Charges

October 25, 2015 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Mother Accused of Dropping Baby While Drunk

Traverse City Police are saying that a three month old baby boy was dropped by his mother, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time. The child is now in critical condition and the mother has been arrested and charged with child abuse and domestic violence. But what happened?

According to police records, officers from the Traverse City Police Department were dispatched to the Bay Hill Apartment Complex on Monday, October 12th, at almost 10:30 at night. They arrived to discover an infant who was unresponsive and bleeding from his mouth.

The baby was rushed to Munson Medical, and then on to Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, to receive treatment for his injuries. He is currently listed as being in critical condition.

Although the details of the story are few and far between, it seems that police believe that the mother, a 22-year-old woman, physically attacked her boyfriend at some point just before of after she allegedly dropped the baby.

Apparently, the mother became intoxicated and dropped her infant son at some point during the evening. Later on, the dropped baby became unresponsive and began to bleed from his mouth. Terrified, the mother called 911 to report what had happened. We are not certain when on that timeline she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend.

The mother, whose name has not been revealed, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and second degree child abuse. At first, the mother was not charged with child abuse. But after further investigation the police recommended child abuse charges to the Prosecutor’s office.

Under Michigan law, second degree child abuse is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It is described in the penal code as “a person’s reckless act (that) causes serious physical harm or serious mental harm to a child.”

The mother’s name has not yet been released, pending her arraignment. The police, who are continuing to investigate, are working with CPS to find the baby a temporary home after his release from the hospital.