Bond was set at $100,000 Friday for a Warren County woman accused of causing severe injuries to her 3-week-old daughter
Kristen Elizabeth Walter
, 24, faces 20 years to life on child abuse charges stemming from her July 7 arrest. The night before, the baby was treated for a broken arm and leg, as well as a fractured skull
, at River Region Medical Center. Following a transfer to University Medical Center in Jackson, the baby was placed in custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
A trial is set for March 8.
At the time of her arrest, investigators said Walter told them she was holding the baby when she tripped over a threshold in the home and fell, landing on the infant.
At a bond hearing before Circuit Court Judge Isadore Patrick, Warren County Sheriff’s Investigator Todd Dykes testified to statements between him and an emergency room physician on the injuries being more consistent with twisting than with clean breaks common with a fall
Dykes also testified to being given incorrect information by Walter on her surname, date of birth and Social Security number during a disturbance call investigation in October 2008. Later, a check of a nationwide crime database revealed two outstanding misdemeanor warrants issued to Walter in Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes in Louisiana.