(Jonesboro, AR) A mother is accused of doing the unthinkable, getting so angry she took it out on her 5-month-old son because he wouldn’t stop crying.
Authorities say the little boy was injured in Jonesboro and was air-lifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital with severe head and brain injuries.
News of the tragedy is shocking to Cherrelle Gregory, a woman who knows the accused,
“After I found out, I was shocked. Because she’s a very quiet girl. She’s sweet, she’ll come over here and talk to my dad or my mom. She’s very sweet,” Gregory said.
Gregory and her two daughters know Victoria Madden, who is accused of slamming her 5-month-old baby’s head into a door frame inside their Jonesboro house.
Gregory says she never saw any signs Madden could do something so violent.
“She always comes outside with the baby and play with my kids. So, I never just really thought she had any type of issue or anything,” she said.
Jonesboro police say Madden first told them the baby fell off the bed when she was changing him. But emergency room doctors in Jonesboro discovered the child had a fractured skull and his brain was bleeding and swollen.
The child was then airlifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Madden later changed her story, saying she got angry at her baby for crying.
Dana Watson, a licensed clinical psychologist at Families, Inc., said, “Having a new baby is incredibly stressful for any mother.”
She says 10 to 20 percent of women experience postpartum depression the first couple of weeks after giving birth, and sometimes for the following year.
It’s not been determined if Madden’s actions were the result of postpartum depression, but Watson says there are warning signs every new mother should heed.
“They feel like they have a lack of resources and ability to cope the demands of an infant. Just a general sense of feeling overwhelmed,” Watson said.
Gregory says she wouldn’t dream of ever hurting her children.
“I mean I lose my temper a lot because they do get on my nerves. But I wouldn’t try to harm them in any kind of way,” she said.
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital hasn’t updated us on how the 5-month-old is doing.
His mother is in the Craighead County Jail facing charges of battery and endangering the life a minor.
She’s being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court in late July.