Mother Uses Newborn as Weapon to Attack Child's Father, Shatters Baby's Skull
Woman arrested after throwing infant at dad on Thanksgiving
A Louisiana mother has been arrested after witnesses called the police to report she had used her newborn baby as "a weapon" to attack the child's father during a fight, leaving her son with a fractured skull.
24-year-old Heidy Rios, of Terrytown, has been charged with cruelty to a juvenile after she has been accused of throwing her 26-day-old son at his father during a heated Thanksgiving Day argument.
The baby boy suffered a severe skull fracture, with his right temporal bone left shattered by the incident.
Rios told investigators she "may have accidentally dropped" her baby when she was booked into the Jefferson Parish jail on Friday on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile, but eyewitnesses told police she threw him at his dad screaming, "take your f***ing son."
Daily Mail reports: According to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office report, Rios' boyfriend on Thursday took his 26-day-old son to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where doctors diagnosed the infant with a fracture of his right temporal bone and contacted the authorities.
When interviewed by detectives, the boy's father said he and his girlfriend were having a heated argument on Thanksgiving Day when she grabbed their newborn and threw him at the man telling him, "take your f***ing son."
Following her arrest on Friday morning, the 24-year-old mom initially denied even holding the baby in her arms during the argument with her boyfriend and feigned ignorance over the circumstances of the baby's injuries, reported Nola.com.
But the 24-year-old suspect changed her story after a "neutral" witness came forward, confirming that Rios had been cradling the newborn at the time of Thursday's fight.
During the second round of questioning, Rios conceded that she "may have dropped the child" while quarreling with her boyfriend.
The woman was being held without bond on Tuesday.
Her infant son’s head injuries have been described as non-life-threatening, according to the sheriff's office.