Mother charged after infant suffers numerous injuries, including broken bones

(Carlisle Police Department)
(Carlisle Police Department)

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A Carlisle woman is charged nearly a month after her infant son was hospitalized for numerous injuries and difficulty breathing.

Police were called to a home on North Bedford Street on Oct. 18 for a report that a 4-month-old was having difficulty breathing.

The child’s mother, 20-year-old Kanisha Godbee, told an EMS crew at the home that her baby rolled off a bed onto the floor and on his face. She reported the child had trouble breathing and he turned blue, prompting her to perform CPR.

The infant was taken to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and was seen by the child protection team due to suspicion of child abuse.

According to authorities, the child had bruises on his forehead, upper lip and left cheek. The upper lip on the inside of his gum line was torn. Additionally, the baby had scratches on his hands, including a laceration to each of his thumbs at the joint closest to his palm. He had lacerations on the joints of his big toes as well. The child protection team also noted his ears were covered in scabs.

A full body x-ray showed the child had eight rib fractures, a broken femur and a broken tibia.

Investigators said no medical cause was identified for the infant’s injuries and he could not have caused the injuries to himself. The child protection team also stated he had poor weight gain.

A warrant for Godbee’s arrest was issued Wednesday. She is charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.

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