GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - A baby girl from Greenville, still on life support after suffering a severe head injury last month, was previously abused in May 2012, according to police records.
Brooklyn, age 2, was injured March 24. Her mother's boyfriend says she fell off a bathroom sink while in timeout. Police are investigating Brooklyn's most recent injuries, but haven't yet confirmed whether they are the result of child abuse.
But previous injuries to the girl were caused by abuse, according to a police report obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
In May of 2012 a physician at the Cherry Street Clinic noticed several injuries on the babies body. The doctor concluded "these injuries are consistent with child abuse caused by an adult," the report says.
Brooklyn was then examined by Helen DeVos Children's Hospital doctors. They found a hand print bruise on her cheek, bruising on her forehead, grab mark bruises on her shoulder, bruising over her right eye and neck along with scratches, blood pooled under her skin and ear, abrasions under her nose, and black and blue lips.
They concluded the same thing as the first doctor: "That she had been physically assaulted by an adult." The police report goes on to say Brooklyn "was hit multiple times severely in the face, neck, and ear area on her body."
But Brooklyn's mother said the injuries were the result of an allergic reaction. The Department of Human Services disagreed and removed Brooklyn from her care.
Brooklyn's mother regained custody in February of this year.
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