January 30, 2009
Lakeland, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Carmen Cardenas, a 36-year-old Lakeland, Florida woman was arrested Thursday after she fractured a month-old infant's skull.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Cardenas called her husband Wednesday complaining that her baby was breathing erratically. He rushed home and transported the two to Bartow Regional Medical Center. Because of the severity of the child's injuries, the baby was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
Medical staff at St. Joseph told authorities that the baby had suffered a fracture skull, a bruise to the back of the head, bruising above his groin and a cut on his genitals.
Faced with evidence of the child's injuries, Cardenas allegedly admitted to abusing the child on two occasions when the child would not stop crying.
On one occasion, Cardenas explained that she swung the baby around, striking his head on the crib. She also admitted to dropping the baby on the rail of his crib two weeks earlier, according to the deputy's arrest affidavit.
Cardena's husband told deputies that he suspected that his wife was abusing the baby, but did not see enough evidence to confront her, according to the arrest report.
The Weekly Vice
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