Cleveland mother charged after 9-month-old suffers stroke, skull fracture

December 8, 2017 GMT

Cleveland mother charged after 9-month-old suffers stroke, skull fracture

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland mother is accused of shaking and injuring her infant daughter, who suffered a stroke and a skull fracture.

Dymone Smith, 24, is charged with second-degree felonious assault and third-degree child endangering in the incident that happened on or shortly before Nov. 29, court records say.

Smith is accused of fracturing the 9-month-old’s skull, records say. She is also accused of shaking the baby, which caused her to suffer an acute stroke to the left side of her brain, as well as hemorrhaging to both of her eyes, court records say.

Police began investigating after Smith sought medical treatment for the baby on Nov. 30, a police report says.

She told officers that her daughter had not been acting right since Nov. 27, the report says.

In the two or three days before the hospital visit, Smith said she noticed several signs that something was wrong. The baby spit up milk, seemed sleepy and had a fever, the report says.

On the morning of Nov. 29, Smith changed her daughter’s diaper and noticed that her body was “very limp,” the report says. Smith also noticed that baby’s right eye, arm and leg were twitching, the report says.

Smith told police that she believed her child may be having a seizure. She tried to feed her a bottle, but the baby went back to sleep.

The child was still limp when she woke up later, and though her eyes were open, she was not responding, the report says.

A doctor at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital later told police that the baby’s injuries were not accidental, the report says.

The head trauma “happened by someone striking the victim in the head with a lot of force,” the police report says.

A warrant was issued Thursday for Smith’s arrest. She has not been taken into custody. Smith has no criminal history in Cleveland.

She has three other children between the ages of 3 and 6, and the family has a history of involvement with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said.

The 9-month-old remained hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit as of Friday afternoon, Madigan said. The county currently has custody of all four children, and the baby’s siblings have been placed under the care of a relative, Madigan said.

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