D.C. Mother Charged With Abuse After Infant's Skull Is Fractured

A D.C. mother is accused of throwing her infant son so hard she fractured his skull -- but she told police she dropped the baby accidentally.

Jasmin Lynn, 28, was charged on Thursday with first-degree cruelty to children. Police said she was watching her 2-month-old son in an apartment in Southwest D.C. on July 28 when the child was injured.

The child's grandmother, who was in the apartment at the time, told police she heard the baby crying and that she thought Lynn was drunk. She called her son, the baby's father, and asked him to come home from work.

When the baby's father arrived, he saw a knot on the baby's head and called 911, police said.

Doctors determined the infant's skull had been fractured and he had bleeding in his brain, prosecutors said.

According to investigators, Lynn told the child's father that she threw the baby when he wouldn't stop crying. Lynn told police she dropped the baby, police said.

After a week-long investigation, Lynn was arrested and charged. Her lawyer, Charles Hillard O'Banion, said Lynn did not abuse her son.

"We deny the allegations in the affidavit, that her actions were deliberate," he said Thursday outside D.C. Superior Court.

Lynn showed no emotion as she went before a judge Thursday afternoon. Her lawyer argued that she should be released on bond because she's employed and has no criminal record, but the judge ordered Lynn to remain in jail. She's due in court again Friday morning.

The baby is OK and in foster care, officials said.

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