11-month-old baby loses leg from child abuse

La Semana - - REGIONAL - BY KARIME GIL | OK­LA­HOMA CITY

Ababy just 11 months old lost his right leg af­ter it was am­pu­tated due to se­vere burns and bruises.

Ac­cord­ing to the author­i­ties, three women have al­ready been ar­rested in this case, in which Cordette and Bre­anna Cole, who claimed to be the child's mother and god­mother, went to the OU Chil­dren's hos­pi­tal in Ok­la­homa City, ask­ing for at­ten­tion for the child, who ac­cord­ing to them, had trou­ble breath­ing.

When doc­tors re­viewed the child, they dis­cov­ered that he had third-de­gree burns from the navel area to his feet, and ap­peared to have sus­tained strong blows to the head and neck that were caus­ing the child’s brain to bleed.

The re­port of the doc­tors in­di­cated that the boy also had one of his teeth loose, this as a re­sult of the blows, the same that had been given to the baby sev­eral days ago. Hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees im­me­di­ately con­tacted the author­i­ties.

The doc­tors fi­nally de­ter­mined that the right leg of the child was so dam­aged that they had to am­pu­tate it from the hip.

When po­lice went to the hos­pi­tal and met with the two women, they said they were tak­ing care of the baby while his mother was tak­ing care of her other son who was very sick and had foot and mouth dis­ease. They said that it was ap­prox­i­mately De­cem­ber 10 that the baby had pulled down a table­cloth and spilled a pan of boil­ing wa­ter ac­ci­den­tally, but they did not think it was so bad that they de­cided to take care of him at home.

Al­though they saw that the child's skin had been de­tached from his body, it was not un­til two weeks later when the baby had dif­fi­culty breath­ing that they de­cided to go to a hos­pi­tal.

But ev­ery time the women had to make their state­ment they changed the story, so it was de­ter­mined that they were ly­ing, and in ad­di­tion the baby's in­juries did not co­in­cide ac­cord­ing to the doc­tors with the women’s sto­ries. The doc­tors also stated that if the child had re­ceived timely med­i­cal at­ten­tion it would not have been nec­es­sary to am­pu­tate his leg.

Now the women have been ar­rested and are fac­ing charges of child abuse. Bail has been set at one mil­lion dol­lars.

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