COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A 22-year-old mother is accused of punching her newborn son in the head and breaking his tiny skull because his cries kept her from sleeping.
Colerain Township police wrote in a sworn statement that Peek Gaddis "admitted to becoming frustrated with her son, who is approximately four weeks of age...because he was crying and making it difficult for her to sleep."
"Ms. Gaddis admitted to striking her son several times with her fist," read the statement filed in the Hamilton County Municipal Court.
The baby suffered serious physical harm and several bone fractures in the Wednesday attack at a residence in the 1200 block of Birchgrove Court.
One of the skull fractures resulted in bleeding on the brain. Severe bleeding leads to developmental delays and problems controlling movement. Up to one in five with severe bleeding can die.
Gaddis is held on $15,000 bond at the Hamilton County jail. The case goes before a grand jury for possible indictment June 22.
Hamilton County Job and Family Services has removed the infant and a 1-year-old sibling from Gaddis' care and into foster care, said agency spokesman Brian Gregg,
JFS records indicate the baby is two-months-old, not four weeks old, he added.
The agency has a history with Gaddis, but few details were immediately available. She was reported to JFS in 2010 and 2013.
Child case workers did not have an open case with the family at the time of her arrest this week.