Peek Gaddis, a 22-year-old mother of three from Colerain Township, Ohio, admitted to punching her one-month-old son in the skull because he wouldn’t stop crying on May 10, breaking his skull in the process.
Though the baby survived the attack and is now two months old, he suffered from multiple bone fractures and a brain bleed, according to Hamilton County Municipal Court records. Gaddis, a nurse’s aide, has been charged with second-degree felonious assault and her children have been placed in Foster care. She has been ordered to stay away from her children.
In a sworn statement, Gaddis admitted to “becoming frustrated" with her child "because he was crying and making it difficult for her to sleep.”
Gaddis is still in police custody and her grand jury trial will start on June 22. Her bond has been set at $15,000. "Children are precious gifts God gives to us," Judge Ted Berry told Gaddis in court Thursday morning.
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Gaddis reportedly has a record with the Hamilton County Job and Family Services, but the details are currently unclear. She was not under investigation at the time of the incident.