Eagan, Minnesota–When you are feeling a bit down, what do you do to bring yourself back up? How do you deal with stress? Personally, I like to daydream…about maiming those who piss me off. That will usually put a smile on my face and the twinkle back in my eyes. Well, that and a quart of pralines-n-cream ice cream. Laura Wilkinson deals with stress and depression wrong…she breaks things. Like, little bitty bones.
Laura had been babysitting her infant cousin for over a month. During that time, she admittedly lost her cool on a few occasions…like 5 or 6 occasions. After the infant’s parents noticed the child screamed out when her legs were touched, doctors discovered the baby had a broken femur and ankle…a full skeletal X-ray was ordered. The injuries to Laura’s 6-month-old cousin were numerous: two broken femurs, two broken arms, left shinbone, right ankle, right wrist, and two left ribs. The fractures to her legs appeared to be about 2 weeks old. Well damn! No wonder the kid was crying all the time. I stub my toe and I’m good for at least a week of bitching, moaning, and blubbering. The injuries were initially discovered on April 17, Laura was questioned on April 18…I have no clue why it took so long to officially file charges.
When questioned, Laura told detectives that she had been depressed and frustrated with the infant’s seemingly constant crying and admitted to being ‘overly rough’. She admitted to squeezing the baby around the rib cage on one occasion, pulling on the baby’s legs too roughly during diaper changes, jolting her little arms, and holding the baby by the wrists and ‘swinging her around like a monkey.’ Laura Marie Wilkinson, 30, now faces three felony counts of malicious punishment of a child resulting in substantial bodily harm.
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