Saturday, 23 October 2010

SBS: Torrey

A Candia woman who allegedly caused a severe brain injury to an 8-month-old boy she was babysitting in June is facing a new charge and possibly a longer prison term if she is convicted, according to indictments.

Elizabeth Torrey, 26, is now facing a charge of first-degree assault and a new charge of second-degree assault in Rockingham County Superior Court, after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly causing injuries to the baby boy.
Torrey could be sentenced to 10 to 30 years in state prison on each of the charges if she is convicted.
Police first learned of the baby's injuries after Torrey's neighbor called 911 June 9.
The neighbor was outside mowing his lawn when Torrey came running out of her home, calling for help, according to prosecutors.
Investigators and doctors believe the baby likely sustained the injury from "violent shaking", according to a doctor's findings detailed in a police affidavit.
Candia police responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive child, and found the baby boy "unconscious and barely breathing," the police affidavit says.
Torrey was baby-sitting the child at her home at 101 Douglas Drive. She was hired by a local couple to care for the child, police said.
The baby showed no symptoms of injuries when the mother of the baby left her son in Torrey's care on June 9, according to the affidavit by Police Chief Michael McGillen.
Police and rescue crews were called to the home shortly after 4 p.m.
"Torrey's statement to police is that [the baby] was in her sole care and custody for the hour preceding the onset of symptoms," McGillen wrote.
A team of Boston doctors who examined the baby led to police deciding Torrey had to be the one who inflicted the injuries.
Dr. Alice Newton, leader of the child protective team at Boston Children's Hospital, issued a report on June 17, concluding that the injuries came from severe, abusive head trauma, the affidavit said.
The findings by Children's Hospital came after extensive evaluation and testing, McGillen wrote.
Torrey told police that she only left the baby alone after he vomited some formula on her and the couch. She told police that she left the baby on the floor to clean up, according to the affidavit.
Torrey remains free on bail.

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