EVERETT — A woman was jailed Wednesday over accusations that she seriously injured her 4-month-old child by allegedly punching the baby multiple times in the face.
An “emergency room exam revealed the baby suffered from ‘brain bleeding’ as a result of the assault,” according to a police report prepared to show probable cause for the woman’s arrest.
Police said the child was taken to a Seattle hospital for specialized care.
The child, whose name and gender were redacted from the police report, was born in December.
The woman, 23, reportedly was intoxicated. She had a swollen lip and other injuries and told officers they were the result of “violent arguments” with her boyfriend, the child’s father, while the two were engaged in some heavy drinking.
Officers were summoned to the home on a domestic-violence call. They were told the woman was seen drawing back her hand and striking where the child was lying.
The witnesses reported hearing “a ‘smacking’ noise which sounded like someone being punched, and hearing the baby screaming and crying.”
Family members intervened. In addition to the baby, two other children were in the home, both younger than 6.
The baby reportedly was bleeding from the mouth when officers arrived. The woman was booked for investigation of first-degree assault of a child. She reportedly invoked her right not to speak with police after arrest. No charges have been filed.
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