Two Griffith parents were arrested after a 10-month-old boy was “repeatedly abused” and had nearly three dozen rib fractures and hemorrhaging, police said.
Rebekah Davis, 31, and Cashmere Mack Jones, 24, were each charged Friday in Lake Superior Court with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, court records show.
Griffith police and Indiana Department of Child Services were called Monday to Community Hospital in Munster after a baby was brought in with “multiple injuries in which child abuse was suspected,” a probable cause affidavit states.
Due to the extent of the juries, the baby was taken to the trauma unit at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, court records state. The boy had 35 rib fractures “of varying ages,” significant brain injuries, upper leg fractures, extensive bruising, blunt abdominal trauma and extensive retinal hemorrhages, the affidavit states.
The injuries were indicative of Shaken Baby Syndrome and with being grabbed, Commander Keith Martin, Griffith police spokesman, said. The fractured ribs “are healing and could be weeks old,” according to the affidavit.
“There is no question of his diagnosis, he is a victim of repetitive abuse involving numerous mechanisms,” the affidavit states, and “this poor child was horrifically abused over a period of time.”“Sadly, his prognosis is very grim,” the affidavit states.
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