Friday, August 3
Nine broken bones in six months: Pennsylvania mom convicted of aggravated assault on baby son
The boy suffered nine broken bones between the ages of 15 and 22 months, the Reading Eagle reported.
Kiara Mayne Estright was convicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Over a six month period in 2011 while the child lived with his mother in Reading, he suffered a bleeding skull fracture, two fractures to the same leg, a broken collarbone, a broken arm, a broken hand and three fractured ribs.
He was alone with his mother when all of the fractures occurred, Assistant District Attorney Ellen R. West said in Berks County Court. He has not suffered any injuries since he moved in with a foster family, she added.
Detectives said Estright told them the fractures had happened in accidents. On the stand, she denied telling them any such thing.
By way of possible explanation, she testified, "He was always running around. I let him be a boy. He was very active and very curious."
The jury deliberated for almost four hours before convicting Estright, according to the Eagle. She was taken to Berks County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail and will be sentenced at a later date.
Posted by Miss Pearl at 8/03/2012