Abilene authorities recently arrested 31-year-old Hannah Seekins and charged her with child abuse after her 2-year-old foster daughter had to be flown to Lubbock hospital for emergency neurosurgery. The woman claims that the toddler must have fallen off a bench while playing.
Abilene Foster Mother Said Child Fell Off 21-inch High Bench
According to the foster mother’s affidavit, on the 21st of April 2017, the woman was downstairs, presumably in the living room, when she heard a loud thump coming from upstairs where she left her 2-year-old daughter playing.
Allegedly, when the woman entered the room, she found her semi-conscious daughter lying on the floor. The toddler told her mother that her body feels limp, as her eyeballs rolled uncontrollably to the side.
Panicked, the woman called 911 and told the authorities that her child had an accident. After the paramedics came and took the infant to the local hospital, the law enforcement officers interviewed Seekins.
According to the woman’s affidavit, the toddler fell from a bench while she was playing upstairs. However, the authorities became suspicious after discovering that the bench was only 21-inches high and a fell from that height could not account for the toddler’s condition.
The infant was rushed to the Hendrik Medical center. From there she was airlifted to the Lubbock University Medical Center for emergency surgery. According to Dr. Patti Patterson, one of the doctors who cared for the 2-year-old, the toddler has a spinal compression fracture, a sprained spine, eye bleeding, and multiple subdural hemorrhages.
The examination concluded that the infant could not have had those type of injuries by falling off the bench. Seekins was arrested on Thursday and charged with child abuse and is currently held in county jail on a $10,000 bond.
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