Mom charged with injuring her 5-week-old child

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:57 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested Wednesday after police say she hit her 5-week-old child in the head several times and failed to get medical attention for him.

On Sunday, Alexis Trevia Calloway, 26, of 1717 NE Eighth Ave., Apt. H7, brought her 5-week-old baby boy to the emergency room at UF Health Shands Hospital with swelling to his head, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

At first, Calloway told hospital staff that, two days before, she had fallen asleep with the child in her arms and had woken up to him crying, the report said.

Police said Calloway also told staff she believed she had crushed the baby’s head with her arm, but she denied that the child had any falls or accidents that would have caused his injuries, the report said.

After medical tests were done on the infant, staff found the child had three skull fractures and a bruise on his right jaw, the report said.

On Tuesday, Calloway was interviewed by authorities, and she told police she may have squeezed the baby too tightly while sleeping with him. She denied any knowledge of the baby being struck by anyone or any object, the report said.

On Wednesday, Calloway was arrested by police and she was informed that the infant’s injuries were not consistent with her version of events. Officials said Calloway told them she had a dream while sleeping with the infant, the report said.

In her dream, she was kicking, grabbing and punching, and she struck the child in the back of the head with her elbow.

She also told police she woke up to the baby screaming as if something was wrong, and that she was alone with the baby when he was injured, the report stated.

Police said Calloway failed to get medical attention for the child until two days later despite knowing that she struck the victim in the head several times, acknowledging that he was more “fussy” and could not be laid on his back, the report said.

Calloway also told authorities she had seen the baby being tossed by his father on several occasions, and in one instance, she saw the baby’s head hit a headboard, police said. Calloway continued to allow the baby’s father to watch him unsupervised, the report said.

The baby will be released from the hospital later this week, according to public information officer Ben Tobias. No charges have been filed against the father of the child, and that the investigation is continuing, Tobias said.

Calloway is being charged with one felony count of aggravated battery on a child and one felony count of child neglect, according to the police report. She was being held on Thursday at the Alachua County jail on $10,000 bond.

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