JPD: Mom admits to slamming baby's head into door frame | Crime
A 5-month-old baby is clinging to life in a Memphis hospital after Jonesboro police say his mother slammed the baby’s head into a door frame in a fit of anger.
Victoria L. Madden is charged with battery and endangering the welfare of a minor. She’s being held in the Craighead County Detention Center.
Meanwhile, her child is being treated at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis where doctors reportedly say he is “not doing well.”
According to court records, on Wednesday officers were called to a Jonesboro hospital emergency room where the child was being treated for a severe head injury.
Hospital staff told the investigating officer “the baby had a severe skull depression fracture and his brain was swelling and bleeding badly,” according to the affidavit.
When questioned, Madden reportedly said the baby rolled off the bed while she was changing him.
She then went with the officer to the home. According to the officer’s account, the bed was only 22 inches from the floor, which was carpeted and padded. The officer stated “it was obvious to me that this did not cause the extreme injury to the child.”
Madden agreed to be interviewed at the Jonesboro Police Department, according to the court documents.
After she was read her Miranda rights Madden reportedly “finally admitted to the truth of what happened.”
According to the court records:
The defendant stated that the baby was crying and she lost her temper, becoming angry. The defendant said she then smashed the baby’s head against the door frame of the bedroom. This caused extreme injury to the head of the baby and at last report the child may not survive the next few days.
The affidavit then went on to state the child has an “extreme head and brain injury” and is in “very critical condition,” according to hospital staff.
They do not expect him to survive.
If the child does survive, hospital officials told police he will have a life-altering injury.
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