A mother and her boyfriend were arrested last Thursday in Kentucky after a baby was found with injuries including a hole in his esophagus. The injuries almost killed the 2-month-old baby, according to hospital staff.
Amber Sickles, 19, and Brandon Meyer, 24, took the baby to a hospital on June 1 because of an unrelated issue. The baby was transferred to another hospital after staff discovered signs of alleged abuse, according to KCTV.
Hospital staff informed police that the baby had a hole in his esophagus, which was likely caused by sticking something down the baby's throat. The infant suffered bruises to his face, a torn frenulum, a spinal injury from blunt force trauma, an abrasion to his neck and subcutaneous emphysema (air in the tissues under his skin), according to the report.
Meyer allegedly told police he may have "possibly grabbed the baby by his chin to get his pacifier in."
Sickles allegedly told police that Meyer would stick his finger down the infant’s throat to stop him from crying. She also allegedly claimed that Meyer would grab him by the chin and slam him into his bassinet. She said the abuse has been going on since the baby was 5 weeks old, according to WBTV.
The couple are both charged with first degree criminal abuse. Meyer is additionally charged with one count of second degree assault.
Last Friday, both pleaded not guilty and their cash-only bonds were set at $100,000 each.
The infant is still hospitalized.
[Bullitt County Detention Center]