Metro Mom Faces Abuse Charges After Child Suffers Broken Skull
10:02 PM CDT, June 2, 2010
KANSAS CITY, MO – A Kansas City, Mo.,, woman faces felony child abuse charges after her young daughter was hospitalized with multiple skull fractures and other injuries, prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Sandra Stanton, 30, has been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and felony child abuse after ambulance crews and police officers found her three-and-a-half year old daughter unresponsive in the woman's home n the 1800 block of Askew on May 27th.
According to police, Stanton told authorities that she had fallen asleep with the child in her arms, and woke up to find the child on the carpet, not breathing. She told police her other children, a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy were there in the house as well.
Later that day, officers were called to the hospital where they were told the child had two skull fractures, retinal hemorrhages, and bleeding on the brain. According to the probable cause statement, a social worker told police that Stanton had told her that she was the only adult in the house with the children.
Police arrested Stanton the next day. She told police she had one beer between 8 & 9am, and had taken Zoloft around noon. Later, officers say that she admitted to have two "tall beers" starting around 5pm, and that she was drunk and passed out. She told police she regularly drinks about two tall beers a day.
Stanton has denied causing any of the injuries to the child. She is currently in custody in the Jackson County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash-only bond.