Mother charged with felony child abuse against toddler

Mother admits to hitting baby with cast iron skillet

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Mother admits to hitting baby with cast iron skillet

Temeca Bryant, 23, admitted to hitting baby in the head with cast iron frying pan. Mug shot via Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office.

A Senath, Missouri woman has been arrested and charged with several counts of felony child abuse after she brought her 23-month-old son to the hospital a day after she allegedly hit him in the head with a cast iron skillet. The toddler was taken to Leboheaur Hospital with various injuries ranging from bruising all over his body to a fractured skull, broken arm and a subdural hematoma from what doctors believe to be the result of blunt force trauma to his head.

The incident reportedly happened on June 2, but the mother, Tameca Bryant, 23, allegedly waited over 24 hours to seek help for the boy’s potentially fatal injuries she inflicted upon him.

Chief Karnes from the Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office says Bryant was arrested after a authorities investigated the case as a whole, stemming from multiple reports of abuse and neglect over the last 30 days. Multiple complaints were called in about the mother, accusing her of mistreating her toddler son.

Bryant reportedly confessed to hitting her son in the head with a 12″ cast iron skillet. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the alleged abuse. Bryant is currently being held at the Dunklin County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

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The boy’s condition has not yet been released at this time.

Source: KLTV 7

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