Second woman charged in child neglect case

The first was taken into custody about two weeks ago.

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.

A second woman has been charged with child neglect in connection with injuries to a 6-month-old baby who received multiple skull fractures and broken ribs, arms and legs.

Kathleen Ann Kimbrough, 44, of 1210 NW 106th St., was arrested by Gainesville police Tuesday and charged with child neglect. Two weeks ago, police arrested the baby's mother, Marayshak Bell, 19, of 2725 SW 27th Ave., on the same charge.

According to investigators, the baby's injuries were discovered after someone called the state's child abuse hotline. The baby was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, where the injuries were documented. In addition to the multiple broken bones, doctors documented swelling and bruising on the baby and told police those injuries were in various stages of healing.

Bell told Officer Victoria Young the baby had been in a car accident during the first week of November while being cared for by Kimbrough, a family friend.

Kimbrough told investigators that she and the baby were victims of a hit-and-run crash in Daytona Beach on Nov. 8 and that she knew the baby suffered a head injury during the crash. Kimbrough also told police that she tried to keep the baby awake while she drove her back to Gainesville. The baby was returned to Bell the next day, the women said.

Bell said that when the baby was returned to her the baby had a swollen and bruised right eye, right temple and forehead. Bell also said the baby would scream uncontrollably when touched in areas where doctors later confirmed bones were broken.

Bell and Kimbrough told police they did not seek medical treatment for the baby because they did not want child abuse investigators to get involved. Both women were being held at the Alachua County jail on Wednesday. Officials said the baby is continuing to receive treatment for the injuries under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families.

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