ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – A former foster parent in St. Charles County was indicted Friday for allegedly injuring a 6-week-old foster child on purpose.
Terri Lynn Cronin, 48, was charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of second-degree assault.
Deputies said Cronin first fractured the child’s arm in April, 2009 after she slipped while carrying the boy down the stairs at a home him in the 3600 block of Meadowsglen Court in the Harvester
Authorities later said the injury did not fit with slipping down the steps while holding a baby and “highly specific for inflicted injury.”
Deputies said Cronin told detectives she was again holding the baby on May 27, 2009 when she slipped down the same steps and dropped him. The child was 11 weeks old at the time.
The drop left the child with a depressed left skull fracture, a left collarbone fracture, severe brain swelling, multiple brain injuries and subdural hemorrhages and hemorrhages in both eyes.
An X-ray showed the child also suffered a broken tibia above his ankle and broken bones in his left wrist.