A medical expert testified that the one-month-old girl allegedly abused by her mother had 40 different fractures when she was examined at the hospital.
Baby Faith’s mother, 22-year-old Christine Johnson, is on trial for abusing her 1-month-old daughter in 2013.
Dr. Reena Isaac, who examined the child at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, testified that little Faith Mason had more than 40 fractures throughout her body, some that she suffered within the second and third week of her life.
“It is highly indicative of child abuse,” Isaac testified, adding that she sees “between 30 to 40” cases of child abuse each month.
“So, after eight years of this type of work, were you shocked?” prosecutor Randi King asked the doctor.
“Yes,” Isaac said. “This was a very unique case due to the age of the child and the number of injuries in a non-mobile infant.”
Isaac presented x-rays displaying the child’s injuries. The infant suffered seven bone fractures in her neck, multiple rib fractures, a fractured thigh bone, a fractured arm bone, a broken hand and fingers, and hemorrhaging and swelling on the brain.
Baby Faith, who is developmentally delayed as a result of the injuries, is being treated for at a therapeutic foster home.
Johnson is charged with two counts of injury to a child and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on both counts.
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