Mother arrested after child is found with brain injury, human bite marks
ZACHARY - A mother was booked into jail Thursday, accused of abusing her two-year-old child.
Deputies wrote in arrest documents, emergency care workers reported a possible case of abuse after seeing the child of Doneisha Renee Carter before Christmas. Carter complained her son would not eat, was irritable, vomiting, complained of a headache and was possibly experiencing seizures. Doctors found bleeding on the child's brain and human bite marks and admitted him to the pediatric ICU.
Deputies initially questioned Carter after the child was admitted into the hospital and authorities were notified. But, she said she thought the bite marks were from insects or her four-year-old nephew. She blamed the seizures on a misunderstanding of the child's temper and said she had visited the ER twice before, too.
Carter was arrested after failing to show up to follow up interviews in January. Deputies said they determined a crime was committed after interviewing family members who said Carter routinely leaves her child unsupervised or travels with her around town late at night. A forensic odontologist also told deputies, it was impossible the bite marks on the child came from another child.
Deputies said because of injuries to the child's brain, he will have to have speech and physical therapy.
Carter was booked into jail on charges of cruelty to juveniles and being a fugitive. No bond was set as of this post.
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