NORWALK, Conn. A woman suspected of breaking her baby daughter's ribs said she squeezed the child because she was frustrated and upset by her parents' drinking, overwhelmed and stressed, according to an affidavit by Norwalk Police Detective Rafael Fonseca. She said the baby, who was diagnosed with a skull fracture when taken to Norwalk Hospital last week, slipped out of her hands and hit her head on the side of her crib.
Jamie Lane, 22, of 5 Avenue E, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree assault to a minor and risk of injury to a minor, both felonies. Bond was set at $75,000. Lane appeared in Norwalk Superior Court on Friday in front of Judge Bruce Hudock. Her next court date is Oct. 14 in Stamford.
Lane, her husband and the baby live with Lane's parents. The baby's grandparents took her to the hospital Sept. 26 after consulting a family member who is a social worker. Hospital doctors told police that the 5-month old girl's right lung was collapsing, and she had a fracture on her upper right arm, as well as seven broken ribs. Some of the fractures were healing.
According to the affidavit, Lane originally told Fonseca that her mother had punched the baby but then recanted and said she had hurt the child herself. She said she began having problems a week after the baby was born. Lane said she squeezed the baby to get her to stop crying, not to hurt her.
Arguments with her mother led her to do it again, after she "went crazy," according to the affidavit. Two days later, she noticed bruising on the baby's chest. Her mother saw the bruises, too, and told Lane that she needed help.
Lane had another argument with her mother last Thursday, according to her statement in the affidavit. They fought in front of the crying baby. She said she "went crazy" with her mother in the room, picked up the baby and squeezed. She squeezed the baby again after her mother left the room. When she tried to put the child back in the crib, the baby slipped out of her hands and hit her head on the crib railing.
Lt. Ashley Gonzalez, commander of the youth bureau, said other family members may be arrested in the case. "When you see a baby this small covered with bruises, it touches you," he said. "Any normal human being would be alarmed."
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