A Local Mother Is Facing Numerous Child Abuse Charges


THIS COLD WINTER WEATHER. JOHN’S GOING TO EXPLAIN WHY IT’S HAPPENING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT AT 5:30. NEIGHBORS ARE CALLING AN ALLEGED ABUSE CASE BRUTAL. A WOMAN IS ACCUSED OF SEVERELY ABUSING HER 3-MONTH-OLD SON. POLICE SAY THE BABY WAS UNDERWEIGHT. ROSS GUIDOTTI IS LIVE WITH REACTION FROM NEIGHBORS AND POLICE, ROSS? Reporter: YEAH, AND THE REACTION IS NOT GOOD. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED AND ANGRY OVER WHAT ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED AND WHAT THIS MOTHER SUPPOSEDLY DID TO HER LITTLE BOY. THE QUESTION IS, WHY DID SHE DO IT? POLICE SAY SHE OFFERED NO EXCUSE. I CRIED. I CRIED WHEN I FOUND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT POOR LITTLE BABY. Reporter: JEANIE’S TEARS AND GRIEF ARE FOR A 3-MONTH-OLD POLICE SAY WAS ABUSED BY HIS OWN MOTHER. 24-YEAR-OLD DESTINY ANN PRATT, ‘S NEIGHBOR — I LIVED IN THE APARTMENT ABOVE HER. Reporter: THE BABY WOULD GO TO THE HOSPITAL, SHORTLY AFTER THAT, RUSHED TO UMPC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. OUR HOSPITAL RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE HOSPITAL IN REFERENCE TO INJURIES. Reporter: THE DOCTORS AT CHILDREN’S DISCOVERED SIGNIFICANT TEARING INJURIES TO THE CHILD’S FLESH AROUND AND INSIDE ITS MOUTH. IT WAS DISTURBING ONCE THEY LOOKED INTO WHAT INJURIES THE CHILD HAD. Reporter: BLOOD VESSELS IN THE BABY’S EYES RUPTURED, BRUISES ON ITS FACE, HEAD AND MIDSECTION. SHE WAS UNABLE TO EXPLAIN HOW HER CHILD CAME TO ALL THESE INJURIES. Reporter: ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND OTHER CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES, PRATT IS IN THE WESTMORELAND COUNTY JAIL, THE BABY IS IN FOSTER CARE. JEANIE IS ENRAGED. THAT’S A HORRIBLE THING THAT BABY HAD TO GO THROUGH. A MONSTER, THAT’S ALL I CAN THINK OF. I’M CRYING NOW JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. Reporter: ALL RIGHT. HOW LONG IS THIS BABY GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THESE INJURIES? WILL IT HAVE A LONG-TERM DETRIMENTAL AFFECT ON ITS ABILITY TO SPEAK? ACCORDING TO WHAT POLICE UNDERSTAND, IT’S TO EARLY TO KNOW THAT. PRATT, MEANWHILE, REMAINS IN THE WESTMORELAND COUNTY JAIL. SHE IS CONSIDERED A POTENTIAL

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