Saturday, 11 September 2010
SBS: Texas: Parents Charged with Injuring Baby Girl
07 Sep 2010,
JOHN PERERAWeb Producer
Mom's second run-in with CPS
HOUSTON - A 7-month-old girl had numerous fractures to the skull and ribs and retinal hemorrhaging to her eyes.
Her parents wondered why she was lethargic and not eating.
Child Protective Services wondered how her parents could do such a thing.
Dominique Lawrence, 18, and Daylan Johnson, 26, are charged with injury to a child.
Doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital recognized the infant’s injuries as being consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome, a Child Protective Services spokeswoman said.
The pair was charged following the visit to the hospital on Sept. 1.
Lawrence and Johnson claim they have no idea how their child could have gotten these injuries.
CPS took custody of the child on Sept. 2. She is in the hospital and listed in stable condition.
This isn’t Lawrence’s first run in with CPS, the spokeswoman said.
In November 2008, CPS took one of her other children into custody. Parental rights have been terminated and the child is now living with relatives.
A custody hearing for the 7-month-old is scheduled for Sept. 15. Both Lawrence and Johnson are due in court on Oct. 12.