A 23-year-old woman was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after she brought a baby to a hospital with broken bones. It took almost five months for an arrest.
Terrvahnda Rock, from Jacksonville, Florida, took 7-month-old Belle Baker to the Wolfson Children’s Hospital on Oct. 18, 2015, and told hospital workers the girl had fallen down the stairs, according to WJXT.
The child was placed in intensive care because of brain swelling, her collar bone was fractured, both legs and arms were broken, and she had bruises on her face.
Belle’s mother, Ashley Ervin, says she dropped the child off with Rock -- her cousin -- on Oct. 15, reports First Coast News. After two days, the mother received a text from Rock asking for more time with the Belle and she agreed.
Rock called Ervin on Oct. 18 and said the child had fallen down a flight of stairs in her apartment.
Investigators with the Child Protection Team concluded the injuries were incompatible with falling down the stairs, so the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident, according to First Coast News.
"I don't think it was an accident. Not falling down those steps and how her bones were broken. It wasn't an accident," Ervin said. "My baby went through a lot of trauma."
On Feb. 26, Rock was arrested, but denied hurting Belle, according to the report.
"It's a relief knowing that she can't do this to no one else's kids," Ervin said. "I grew up with her. I used to go to her house sometimes for weeks. I never thought she would do something like this."
"She walks," Ervin said of her now 1-year-old. "She may dry drag her feet a little, but I'm just very glad that she's walking because they didn't know. Nobody was expecting for her to walk or talk again because of the trauma."
Ervin said she no longer trusts anyone with her daughter and that Rock plans on attending rehab next month, according to WJXT.
Rock is out on bail but due in court in late March for the abuse and neglect charges.