Mother charged with pushing girl through glass

February 07, 1993|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer

An Annapolis woman was accused Friday of pushing her 18-month-old daughter twice through a glass shower door.

The girl, Grace Elizabeth Salem, suffered severe gashes to the back of her head and nearly lost her right ear when she allegedly was shoved through the door, Annapolis police said. She was in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The girl's mother, Karen B. Salem, 38, was arrested on charges of child abuse and reckless endangerment.

Police were called to the home in the 800 block of Cedar Park Road about 5 a.m. by paramedics, who took the child to the hospital. The father had called 911, police said.

Police found the shower stall door shattered in a bathroom. There were no signs of a struggle, and the room was too small for the mother to have fallen, leading investigators to conclude the baby was sitting next to the door and was pushed, Sgt. Zora Lykken said.

Evidence at the scene indicated the child was shoved twice through the door, the sergeant said.

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