Indiana Mom Arrested For Beating And Neglecting Her 3-Month-Old Baby

Trigger: Mention of harm done to a child.

It may be hard for some to admit, but some people just shouldn't be parents. To be fair, it's maybe because the parent in question doesn't have the means to provide and care for a child. But more often than not, some people shouldn't become parents because they're unwilling to properly care for their child. They'll even go so far as to harm them.

In Evansville, Indiana, one mom has been arrested after she allegedly beat and neglected her three-month-old baby. The mom in question has been identified as being 23-year-old Monica Jo Arnold. Her baby's name and sex haven't been released to the public, and it's unknown if that will change.

The incident occurred back on Friday, October 25th, 2019. According to a probable cause affidavit, officers from the Evansville Police Department were dispatched to the 4400 block of East Riverside Drive for what they believed to be a medical emergency. When they arrived, Arnold claimed that she had accidentally dropped her baby because it vomited and had a seizure during its feeding.

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The baby was flown out to an Indianapolis children's hospital, where the full extent of its injuries was revealed. There was bleeding in the brain, broken ribs and a skull fracture. One doctor realized that such injuries wouldn't have occurred as the result of a fall. She revealed that the injuries were more consistent with violent trauma such as the baby being thrown to the ground, or having been shaken by its mother. The broken ribs were discovered to be stress fractures that appeared to have happened several weeks ago. Doctors also pointed out that the baby had no history of having seizures, even though Arnold claimed otherwise.

During the investigation, police learned of a similar incident where Arnold allegedly shook her baby, only to later claim to doctors that her child had had a fall. According to the aforementioned affidavit, she later confessed that she had shaken her baby because it refused to stop crying. She then lied about it to doctors to keep the truth from coming out.

At about 12:40AM last Friday, Arnold was finally arrested and charged with two counts of battery with serious bodily injury where the victim is under 14 and two counts of child neglect resulting in serious injury. She was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail, and it's unknown what here bail is, as well as whether or not she's retained an attorney yet.

The baby has managed to survive this horrible ordeal, but it doesn't look good. Doctors have said that it'll take years before the full extent of the baby's injuries is realized. It's also unclear whether or not the baby will fully regain its vision. Our thoughts are with the infant and its remaining family at this time.

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