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Baby Had 35 Fractures But Couple Delayed Seeking Treatment for 2 Weeks

An Australian couple brought their 9-week-old daughter to the hospital, and doctors were shocked to confirm she had dozens of fractures, which she had sustained approximately two weeks earlier.

Practically every bone in the baby's body was broken, and the baby was suffering in agony for all that time without medical care. The couple say they were afraid to bring the baby in sooner because the single mother might lose her public assistance benefits.

Sarah Jane Mary Deal, a 24-year-old woman from Perth, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Hayden Shane Brooks, had allegedly been abusing their infant daughter. They rushed the baby to the hospital when she was struggling to breathe and had a hollow look in her eyes.

Doctors found the baby had numerous bruises and 35 broken bones.

Deal and Brooks were arrested and admitted that the baby had obtained many injuries about two weeks earlier, but they were afraid to seek medical attention. They were afraid that public assistance agencies would find out that Brooks was living with deal, and that she would be denied benefits.

She was living with the baby at Brooks' parents' home.

According to family members, the couple lived in horrific conditions with the baby. They smoked marijuana on a daily basis.

Deal's grandmother witnessed the young mother throw her daughter down on her lap, hard, causing the baby to cry.

When Brooks' sister asked about a bruise on the baby's cheek, Brooks told her he dropped a lollypop on the infant's face accidentally. The sister also said she heard the baby screaming one night and it sounded like the child was being murdered.

Doctors say many of the injuries appear to be the result of the baby having her limbs pulled or twisted brutally.

The couple ultimately pleaded guilty to conduct that could harm a child. They could not be charged with causing the injuries as there was no proof as to who specifically inflicted the injuries.

Deal was sentenced to 18 months, and Brooks was sentenced to 20 months. After completing half their respective terms, each parent will be eligible for parole.

The baby was placed in the care of a foster family and has since recovered from the physical injuries, though the judge wouldn't comment on the long-term effects the abuse had on the child. She's two years old now and reportedly doing well.

Source: Inquisitr
Photos: Fruit Monkey/Flickr, Oregon Department Of Transpostation

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