Mom charged with abusing 6-month-old son

February 2, 2012 12:16:24 PM PST
A woman from Lehigh County has been charged with abusing her 6-month-old son.

Chelsie Grant, 19, of the 6700 block of Lamour Street in Coopersburg, Pa. was charged on Thursday with one count of attempted criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin said in a news release that the investigation began back on January 12th when police were called to the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

A physician's assistant there told officers that Grant had brought the baby into the emergency room because of a swollen left arm. The physician's assistant and a doctor allegedly told police the child had numerous fractures and possible nerve damage because of delayed medical attention.

They also told police that the injuries were not accidental.

Because of those injuries, the child was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he underwent surgery and treatment.

The D.A. cited the criminal complaint saying Grant is charged with "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly" attempting to cause the death of her son. Police allege that Grant caused multiple fractures to the baby's arms and legs, caused bleeding by putting her fingers down the baby's throat and choked the child until he was unconscious.

Police also allege that Grant knowingly gave false information to police by trying to implicate another person.

Grant was arraigned by District Judge David Harding and was committed to Lehigh County Prison under $200,000 bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next week.