Report: Infant suffered burns, mother did nothing
BATON ROUGE - Court documents show the mother of a slain infant admitted she did nothing about multiple burns to her daughter before the girl died this past weekend at a Baton Rouge hospital.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, 28-year-old Ashley Heard told detectives she thought the multiple cigarette burns, bruises and other injuries to 11-month-old Aaliyah Heard would just go away. Detectives said she also refused to tell them who abused the young girl.
Police said the infant was taken to Baton Rouge General Mid-City Hospital on June 21 because she was unresponsive.
The affidavit says before she was transferred to BRG Bluebonnet, detectives noted multiple bruises on her face, suspected cigarette burns on her arms and legs, and a large burn on her upper thigh. Detectives said emergency room doctors told them the girl also had broken bones, bleeding in the brain, and had been sodomized.
She died Saturday from her injuries, and a coroner's preliminary investigation found the cause of death was blunt force trauma to her head.
Investigators arrested Ashley Heard on Monday for second degree cruelty to juveniles, and said more charges are expected in the investigation.
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