Crime

'You Can See His Ribs': Florida Mom Charged With Child Abuse After 18-Month-Old Boy Is Hospitalized

| by Jonathan Constante

A Florida mother is facing aggravated child abuse charges after her 18-month-old boy was taken to a hospital with burn marks and bite marks all over his body.

Naomie Paul, 25, was arrested Thursday, Local 10 reported.

La-Darris Smart, the child’s biological father, told the news station that he suspects the boy has been abused. He said his son was in the intensive care unit at Plantation General Hospital with fever blisters in his mouth, burn marks on his head and buttocks, and bite marks on his stomach.

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"You can see his ribs," Smart said on Thursday. "He's really not eating nothing. He just cries a lot. He don't want to do nothing."

According to a police report, the boy would not sit still while Paul tried cleaning his ears with a Q-tip. The infant’s injuries were classified as “intentional inflicted harm” by medical professionals, the report stated.

During the mother’s court appearance Friday, Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley set her bond at $1,500 and ordered her not to have any contact with the child until further notice, the Sun Sentinel reports.

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Sammie Lee Worthy, Paul’s current boyfriend, was also arrested Thursday on a warrant for outstanding traffic violations, Local 10 reported.

"I didn't want (the boy) around her boyfriend because he's been to, like, jail (previously) for something like this," Smart said.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Sources: Local 10, The Sun Sentinel

Photo Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office