Woman faces charges for allegedly abusing infant 3 years ago

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by Brian Feldman / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 5:15 PM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) – Charges have been filed against a woman three years after an infant foster child was nearly abused to death.

Terri Lynn Cronin faces felony charges of abuse and assault after allegedly hurting a 3-month-old infant on two separate occasions in 2009.  She told authorities it was an accident on both occasions, but an examination showed it was a lie, according to officials.

Officials say Cronin is currently living in another state and may be unaware there are felony charges against her at this point.

Prosecutors tell News 4 they are doing an internal review and are aware things could have been done differently.

“The only person at fault here is the person that caused these injuries,” St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Jack Banas said.  “Whether or not something could have been done to alleviate or prevent that, that is going to be hard to say until we have her before us to describe what all took place.”

The agency which Cronin received custody of the infant, Shakur Casanova Knight, listed a phone number that is not in service. 

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