A Grand Forks woman is facing a felony charge after her child was brought to the hospital with multiple rib fractures, bruises, a burn and was in severe pain.
An affidavit for 25-year-old Terrica Le'Sha Rean's arrest said her 1-year-old boy appeared "exhausted and almost lifeless" at the hospital. She is facing a felony charge of child neglect and could spend up to five years in prison if convicted.
The affidavit said Rean brought her child to the Altru Hospital Emergency Room on Oct. 27 because she saw bruising on his stomach and sides. The boy was transferred to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for treatment, according to the affidavit.
Police said there was bruising to his chest, forehead, left cheek and pelvic area. The boy also had a large burn on his right clavicle and multiple broken ribs in different stages of healing, which the affidavit said means his ribs were broken multiple times. Doctors reported he had a lacerated spleen and "grimaces in apparent pain with any movement."
Rean's fiance, Taureen Miller, allegedly told police during a Jan. 9 interview that he squeezed the child's chest and heard a cracking or popping noise the day before the boy was brought to the hospital.
Miller said he was caring for Rean's child while she was at work. He discovered around 10:30 a.m. the boy had fallen out of bed and was covered in his own vomit on the floor, the affidavit said. Miller allegedly began washing the child in the bathtub, but dropped him because he was slippery and covered in soap. He told police he grabbed the child around the ribcage with both hands to prevent him from falling and heard a cracking noise before the boy screamed in pain.
Miller allegedly felt an area where the child's rib was loose.
He put the boy to bed, where he remained until Rean returned home around 5 p.m., the affidavit said. Miller told Rean the boy got stuck between the bed and the frame because he was worried she would be upset, the affidavit said.
The boy was not brought to the hospital for any of the previous, older rib fractures, the affidavit said.
A warrant was issued for Rean's arrest Wednesday. Charges have not been filed against Miller.