A Williamsburg woman faces charges of child abuse after her one-month-old daughter suffered bruises and a broken arm, according to police.
A mother called 911 Wednesday morning concerned that her baby's arm may be broken, according to court documents. Police went to the home on Merrimac Trail and found the baby crying on the couch. The girl had bruises on her left cheek, knee and thigh. She also had scratches on the right side of her face, along with her forehead and nose. Court records also show there was a bite mark on the baby's leg.
When officers asked the girl's mother, 30-year-old Vicki Lynn Mills, about the injured arm, she said she had picked the child up under her armpits and heard a pop, court documents show.
The baby was taken to Williamsburg Sentara Hospital, where x-rays confirmed that the child's left arm was fractured in two places, above and below the elbow.
The child was transferred to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, located in Norfolk. An examining physician says the break wasn't likely accidental, and seemed to be from some fort of trauma, possibly a pulling motion.
Mills attributed the bruising to low blood-platelet count, however the child's levels were found to be normal, according to court documents.
When Mills was interviewed by Williamsburg police on Friday, she said it was possible she could have been a little heavy handed while moving her arm into position while feeding her. She said the bite mark and bruise on the child's leg could have been caused by her biting the baby, which she demonstrated by biting a doll. She said she may have used a bit too much force. She also said the scar on the baby's face came when she scratched the baby while washing her and that a bruise on the child's face came from kissing her a little too forcefully.
Police arrested Mills for felony child abuse and took her to the Virginia Peninsula Jail. She's due back in court next month. She has since been released on bail, however the child is in the custody of Mills' boyfriend.
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