CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police detectives are questioning the mother of an 11-month-old baby who was taken to a hospital with extensive injuries.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, police say the baby was brought to the hospital with numerous injuries that pointed to severe abuse. They included multiple skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, a broken clavicle, punctures on his foot that were believed to have been caused by a toothpick, a burn on one hand, bruising on his neck, and a liver injury, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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The mother is 23 years old, according to police.
Other family members were caring for the baby in the 5400 block of North Monitor Avenue, in the Gladstone Park neighborhood, and they called 911 on Sunday.
One of the relatives told police he had seen a burn on the baby’s hand on Sunday.
The Tribune reported that during interviews with police, the baby’s mother said at one point, she got frustrated and pulled the baby out of his crib with such force that she broke his clavicle, and that she stabbed him in the left foot with a toothpick during another bout of frustration.
But she told her brother-in-law, the baby’s uncle, that the boy had burned his hand innocently by touching a portable heater, the Tribune reported.
The boy was initially taken to Resurrection Medical Center, and was later transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where his condition has stabilized.