Child Abuse

Woman ‘Fractured 1-Year-Old’s Skull, Broke His Arm, Bit Him’

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Woman ‘Fractured 1-Year-Old’s Skull, Broke His Arm, Bit Him’

A Pennsylvania woman was arrested after her toddler son suffered severe injuries that police say are consistent with abuse.

Police charged 24-year-old Ashley Ann Buchanan with aggravated assault, simple assault, and child endangerment.

Police say Buchanan had the 13-month-old victim in her care for four days last September during which time she texted a friend describing the boy’s injuries and how they happened.

At the end of the four days, she gave the child to another caregiver who noticed the boy’s injuries and took him to Pocono Medical Center.

The hospital found the boy suffered a skull fracture, a broken arm, multiple contusions and abrasions, swelling, a lump on his head and eye, bruising to the rib cage and forehead, and “what appears to be a human bite to the upper right arm.”

The boy was transferred to Lehigh Valley Hospital for further treatment.

Buchanan claimed the boy fell but Dr. Debra Esernio-Jensen told detectives the child’s injuries were not consistent with her story and the boy couldn’t have broken his own bones because he is too little.

Police determined the injuries were intentional and arrested Buchanan.

Buchanan was arraigned on Monday and has since been released on $25,000 bail.

Child Abuse