November 26, 2014

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Police investigating after 7-week-old infant injured

LORAIN — A 7-week-old baby boy sustained six fractured ribs on the left side of his body, causing police to investigate the cause.

At about 5:21 p.m. Thursday, the mother took the baby to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where officers were then dispatched for a possible child abuse case.

Officers learned that the infant he been crying a lot in recent days when the mother would hold him.

However, the mother took the infant to the hospital two days prior because he was “fussy.” The hospital advised the mother that he had a diaper rash.

“The child was still being abnormally fussy when she held him after the first visit to the hospital so she brought him in again,” the report stated.

The woman advised that she and the baby’s father share custody, but the father does not live with them.

Officers then spoke with the infant’s father, who stated two days ago when he was holding his son he would “begin to cry very loudly” and attempt to “squirm away.”

The father said he had no idea what originally caused the injury.

Officers questioned the mother as to why she did not notify hospital staff of the possible rib injury two days prior, and she told officers “she mentioned the area, but did not specifically mention the side rib as possibly being injured.”

Lorain County Children Services were contacted to assist.

The infant was transported to UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital .

The case remains under investigation.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MLinebrinkCT.