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Cleveland mom, dad charged with shaking 4-month-old daughter now on life support

March 6, 2018 GMT

Cleveland mom, dad charged with shaking 4-month-old daughter now on life support

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland mother and father are accused of abusing their 4-month-old child, including shaking her, causing head injuries severe enough to land the girl on life support.

Stephanie Webb, 41, and Mario Adorno, 32, are both charged with third-degree felony child endangering. Webb is being held in the city jail on $30,000 bond after her first court appearance on Tuesday.

Adorno remains at large and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Webb, who supports the family by working as a bartender, and Adorno are accused of shaking their daughter, which caused the girl to suffer seizures, loss of color to her skin, loss of appetite and excessive sleeping, according to court records. Her parents ignored those symptoms and did not take her to the hospital. The girl’s grandmother took the girl to the hospital Saturday after she arrived from New York, according to court records.

The girl remains in critical condition at MetroHealth. She suffered life-threatening head trauma, she is on life support and her prognosis is “very poor,” according to police reports.

The injuries happened while the girl was “in the sole care” of her parents, according to court records.

The girl and her 2-year-old sister are now in the care of Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. A Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court magistrate signed off on the temporary custody order on Monday, court records say.

County case workers noted in an affidavit filed in the case that Webb was unable to give a reason for how the girl suffered the injuries, for why she didn’t seek medical treatment for her daughter and for why the baby had marijuana in her system.

The girl’s grandmother came to Cleveland on Saturday to help the family move to New York, according to court records. The grandmother found the child about 6:40 p.m. with severe head injuries and took her to MetroHealth, according to court records.

Both parents were initially at the hospital, but her Adorno quickly left and Webb left about 3:30 a.m., police reports say.

Doctors told police that the injuries appear to be the result of a pattern of purposeful physical abuse, according to police reports and court records. Some of her injuries were recent and others were older, according to police reports.

Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said children services received one call about the family in January 2017, before the girl was born. The tip, however, was not specific, Madigan said.

Social workers tried to find the Webb and Adorno through various means, including searching public records to find an address, but were unable to do so because the family moved often, Madigan said. The case was closed in March 2017, she said.

Webb also had a 2003 case in Stark County Juvenile Court, Madigan said.

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