A New Orleans mom has been accused of throwing her 3-week-old son at the baby's father during an argument, fracturing the infant's skull.
Heidy Rios, 24, has been charged with cruelty to a juvenile after she allegedly threw the 3-week-old baby at his father's feet, telling him to "take [his] f**King son," The Times-Picayune reports. The baby's father took the young boy to the hospital on Nov. 23, where doctors found that his right temporal bone had been fractured.
Rios was arrested on Nov. 24, according to WGHP. When questioned, the mom denied that she had held the baby during the argument, and said she didn't know how the child got injured.
After a witness told investigators that Rios had been holding the boy, Rios changed her story, saying she "may have dropped" her son, reported police.
Rios is reportedly being held without bond at a correctional center in Gretna. The baby's current condition is not clear, but a police spokesman said the child's injuries were not life-threatening.
In October, a Minnesota man received a prison sentence after he reportedly threw his infant daughter 12 feet into the air across a kitchen in November 2016, leading to her death, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Palisade father John Douglas Peterson, 34, was convicted on Sept. 27 of second-degree murder for his 5-week-old daughter's death.
The baby girl's mother called 911 to report that her daughter was taking deep breaths and then barely breathing. Peterson is reported to have told an emergency responder that his daughter had been having breathing problems before she stopped breathing entirely. CPR was performed on the 5-week-old before an ambulance arrived to take the girl to a hospital.
Staff at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota noticed three separate bruises on the baby girl, and told police that she had likely suffered physical abuse. The girl died days later, from "significant head injuries."
Peterson at first denied that the girl had been thrown. His story then changed, and he said that he had dropped the girl in the sink, which caused her to hit her head. Peterson said that the girl was fussy and flailing and he lost his grip on her, dropping her into the sink.
A doctor specializing in child abuse examined the baby and determined that her injuries were not caused by the account described by Peterson.
When investigators told Peterson the girl's injuries didn't match his story, he said that his daughter had also fallen out of the sink onto the floor. "Everything happened so fast and [I] was trying to prevent her from hitting the floor and because [I] was trying [to] catch her, it was like [I] pushed and tried to grab her at the same time and she hit the ground and it was ugly," Peterson is reported to have told authorities.
Peterson received a 17 and-a-half-year prison sentence, which he is set to serve at the Minnesota Correctional Facility.