POLICE arrested a woman who was caught abusing her one-month-old son on camera while at a hospital.
Ashten Kalli Teets, 29, was charged with child abuse causing injury. Her infant son is in stable condition but has suffered major injuries.
Security cameras at the Charleston Area Medical Center caught Teets abusing her son. The woman was caught shoving her fingers down the infant’s throat on multiple occasions in order to get him to vomit.
“We are very thankful that CAMC was on top of it and reported it quickly so we could make the arrest,” said Charleston Police Lt. Tony Hazelett at a press conference.
The baby was previously at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Staff at the hospital reported that he was able to gain weight when his mother was being helped during feeding.
However, when mother and child were alone, the baby could not keep the weight on. Teets was reported to Child Protective Services for possible abuse.
Teets then brought her son to CAMC against Ruby Memorial’s guidance. The hospital warned the staff at CAMC about the mother’s strange behavior. The same incidents began happening again so police were notified and cameras were set up in the infant’s room.
[T]he surveillance system captured Teets playing her fingers in the 6-week-old’s mouth deep enough causing the child to vomit on three separate occasions in a 24-hour period,” read a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
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“After viewing surveillance footage, medical staff believed the acts of making the child vomit, could create long-term/short-term deterioration of the child’s physical condition.”
According to Hazelett’s law enforcement’s current theory is that Teets suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy [MSBP].
MSBP is a mental health problem in which a caregiver fabricates or causes illness or injury in a person under their care – usually a child, an elderly adult, or a person who has a disability.
Teets is currently being detained at the South Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 property or 10 percent cash bond. She was arraigned in court on Friday.
She has no criminal record and has another child that is three years old. The case is being investigated by the Charleston Police Department and Child Protective Services.
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