New Orleans, Louisiana, USA : A three-week-old baby boy suffered a fractured skull when authorities say his mother, Heidy Rios, 24, of Terrytown, Louisiana, threw him at his father’s feet during an argument. Heidy Rios was arrested Friday (Nov. 24) and booked with cruelty to a juvenile, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Rios’ boyfriend, the infant’s father, took the baby to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for treatment on Nov. 23. Doctors determined the 26-day-old boy had a fracture of his right temporal bone, located on the side of the skull, according to the report.
Physicians contacted the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the injury. The infant’s father told detectives he had been heatedly arguing with Rios when she grabbed their son, threw the baby at his feet and said, “Take your f—–g son,” the report said.
Investigators took Rios into custody Friday morning and questioned her. She denied ever holding the baby during the argument, and told investigators she had no idea how her son was hurt, the report said.
But Rios’ story changed after a “neutral” witness told investigators that she had indeed been holding the child during the argument, the report said. Rios then told detectives she “may have dropped the child” during the dispute, the report said.
Rios, of the 100 block of Caneel Court, Terrytown, was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. She was still being held there without bond Tuesday.
No condition information was available for the infant. But the boy’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde.