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Texas Mother Accused of Slamming Her 2-Month-Old Daughter on Changing Table, Ignoring Her Seizures for 6 Hours: Cops

Texas Mother Accused of Shaking, Slamming Baby Onto Changing Table
Source: Fort Worth Police Department; Unsplash

Clarissa Stewart accused of seriously injuring her 2-month-old daughter after shaking her and slamming her onto changing table.

Dec. 3 2023, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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A mother in Texas has been arrested after she allegedly shook her 2-month-old daughter and then slammed her onto a changing table, causing the newborn infant serious injuries, according to authorities.

On Nov. 15, police were contacted by Child Protective Services about the baby, who was reportedly hospitalized in Abilene with non-accidental injuries, KTAB reported.

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Staff at the hospital determined the child suffered a subdural hemorrhage to her brain and bruises on her torso and right eye.

Authorities said the infant's mother, Clarissa Stewart, noticed her daughter was having seizures on Nov. 14. However, she waited six hours before seeking medical treatment.

Detectives spoke with Stewart, who officials said allegedly admitted to shaking the baby multiple times and also “slamming” her on a changing table. According to authorities, she said her daughter would not stop crying and it caused her to lose control, KTAB reported.

Stewart initially blamed the injuries on her 18-month-old daughter, according to a report by KTXS. Investigators, however, said they uncovered searches on Stewart’s phone, including one alleged message reading: “What are symptoms of shaken baby syndrome?”

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According to KTAB, detectives also reviewed text messages on Stewart’s phone in which she allegedly told her husband: “I want nothing to do with [the baby] when you’re off. I can’t stand her anymore the second she cries, it throws me into a rage I didn’t know I could have” and “I honestly don’t want to pump anymore because of her I don’t want that connection anymore."

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Officials said the young victim now requires a feeding tube after tests concluded she lost her suck-and-swallow reflex. She was also scheduled to undergo surgery to relieve brain pressure.

On Nov. 28, Stewart was arrested and charged with injury to a child, officials said. She was being held on a $100,000 bond.


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