Texas mom gets 20 years in jail after she threw her two-month-old baby against a door for crying
Brooke Lauren Reed, 26, pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury after throwing her two-month-old against a door
A Texas mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after she threw her two-month-old infant against a door frustrated that he wouldn't stop crying.
A source at the 29th State District Court confirmed that Brooke Lauren Reed, 26, of Mineral Wells, had pleaded guilty in May 2018 to a first-degree felony charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, People reports.
Reed was sentenced Friday to 20 years behind bars with a minimum of 10 years and ordered to pay a $5,000 penalty for her crimes. She could have been sentenced to a range of 5-99 years, or life, in prison.
According to Palo Pinto County District Attorney Kriste Burnett, the child sustained permanent brain damage from the impact of hitting the door. “He is now 2 years old and still can’t speak,” Burnett said, the Mineral Wells Index reports.
According to Burnett, the baby's injuries resulted in a 10 percent brain matter loss, causing his left arm to become defunct and leaving him with developmental and cognitive issues. “He [has] special needs and he always will [have] special needs,” Burnett told the outlet.
The incident occurred on the morning of April 11, 2017, police and EMTs had responded to a 911 call from a woman who was "hysterical" that her baby was sick. Upon arrival, police found Reed "huddled over" her infant, who was lying on the floor near the front door.
According to local Fox affiliate KRIV, Reed admitted she became frustrated from the baby's constant crying and threw him against the door. While Reed was arrested, the child was flown via helicopter to Cooks Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth and later released to his paternal grandmother, the Index reports.
Since her inhumane act has caused the child to live in distress for the rest of his life, she will only be eligible for parole in 10 years. When she was arrested initially, she was jailed under $750,000 bond.
Reed's attorney is yet to respond to requests for comment.