Infant's fractured skull prompts police probe into possible abuse

September 14, 1992

A 3-month-old West Baltimore boy was in critical conditio last night at the University of Maryland Medical Center with a fractured skull -- an injury that prompted an investigation by police of possible child abuse.

Police said doctors found tissue damage to five fingertips, internal bleeding, hemorrhaging of the eyes and brain, a broken bone in each leg and a smashed left toe.

In addition, police said, the doctors noted indications of five ribs having been broken previously and healed.

Police spokesman Sam Ringgold said the infant's parents took him to Mercy Medical Center on Saturday. After being examined there, the baby was transferred to UM Medical Center's pediatric intensive-care unit, where officials notified police.

Mr. Ringgold said detectives questioned the parents for more than two hours last night, but no charges were lodged against them.

The spokesman would not comment on how the 29-year-old mother and 33-year-old father explained their child's injuries.

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