Mother arrested after allowing child to fall from countertop
BATON ROUGE - The mother of a child that was taken to a Baton Rouge area hospital with serious head injuries was arrested Friday.
45-year-old Toni Mckines was booked into the parish prison on a charge of second degree cruelty to juveniles.
Police responded to the Pediatric Emergency Room at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center where they were advised by staff that they had received a 10-month-old boy because he “wasn’t acting right.”
The mother of the child, Mckines, told hospital staff that her child had fallen a couple of times while trying to stand up on the ground.
Investigators said the examining physician later determined that the victim had bruising all over his head and body, and he was also bleeding from the brain which resulted in the victim being rushed into emergency surgery.
Mckines was taken to police headquarters for an interview where she later admitted to lying to hospital staff. She told police that at around 2 p.m. Thursday she had left the child unattended on the kitchen counter for a moment and the child fell off while she away. The woman told police she panicked and did not seek immediate medical attention because she didn’t want to get blamed for her boy’s injuries. She also admitted to police that she was the only one at home at the time of the accident.
Mckines was later taken to the BRPD First District for processing before being booked into EBR Parish Prison on the listed charge.