Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested the mother of a two-month old son Monday and charged her with aggravated child abuse.
The Department of Children & Families told police the child was taken March 7, 2011, to Peace River Regional Medical Center in Port Charlotte, then transported to Tampa General Hospital with multiple skeletal injuries, fluid on the brain, and was having a stroke. The child remains in DCF protective custody.
Krishaun Katie Mercado, 18, 21154 Gephart Ave., Port Charlotte, was arrested following a lengthy detective, DCF, and medical investigation.
Krishaun Katie Mercado
Tampa General Doctors said the infant had three to five skull fractures and a left arm mid-radial fracture. The survey also revealed the child had different fractures in different stages of healing. Doctors toldd detectives the injuries were not caused by Shaken Baby Syndrome but more than likely were caused by some type of blunt force trauma.
Mercado posted a $5,000 bond Monday and was released from the Charlotte County Jail.