Investigators say 25-year-old Jennifer R. White
of Moss Bluff allegedly beat her 7 month old stepson.
"In our opinion it's a clear case of abuse," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.
Sheriff Mancuso says they were called to investigate Friday July 3rd after White brought the baby in to Women and Children's Hospital with a head injury.
"Which is about 4 or 5 days after we believe the incident took place
of when the baby was actually hurt," said Mancuso.
After being examined at Women and Children's Hospital, doctors determined the baby was hit in the head, suffering a fractured skull and hematoma
- or internal bleeding. Later on July 3rd the baby was transferred to New Orleans Children's Hospital where doctors there confirmed his injuries were from abuse.
"By information we obtained for the doctors, three different doctors, these injuries can only be sustained by what they believe is some type of blunt trauma to the head
," said Mancuso.
Sheriff Mancuso says White's story didn't add up. After further questioning, White confirmed some of the allegations
. The Sheriff's Office also says the child was in White's care at the time of the injury.
White was arrested Tuesday and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile. Meanwhile four other children living inside the home, ranging in age from 8 weeks to 7 years old, are now in state custody
pending further investigation. The baby has been released from the hospital and is also in state custody.