In Need of Care

Preliminary hearing continued Tuesday for mother of baby who suffered brain bleed

The lawyer for a mother accused of causing her 5-month-old son to suffer a brain bleed asked for a continuance in her case Tuesday, which Sedgwick County District Court Judge Joe Kisner granted.

The preliminary hearing for the woman will be Jan. 21.

The woman appeared in court Tuesday morning on a child abuse charge that she bounced her baby boy on her knee “at a force level of eight out of 10” to try to quiet him.

The baby suffered a brain bleed, a condition doctors had previously treated him for, a child-in-need-of-care petition prosecutors filed Nov. 24 on behalf of him and an older child alleges.

“Mother reported when she learned (the baby) had a brain bleed, she immediately thought back to Nov. 13, 2014, when she bounced (him) on her knee in a forceful manner,” the petition says.

The case is one of several The Eagle is following as part of its “In Need of Care” series. The Eagle is not identifying any of the children or their parents.