A South St. Paul mom faces felony counts of child neglect and child endangerment after her 10-day-old son was brought to the emergency room, suffering two black eyes, according to Star Tribune.
30-year-old Jennifer Pickar had gone to the emergency room at a St. Paul hospital seeking treatment for tremors when a nurse noticed the baby boy's bruised condition, a criminal complaint featured in the Tribune article reported. Shortly after, the baby was taken to the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
"Multiple surgeries are anticipated to repair the fractures to [the baby's] orbits," the complaint said. "He will potentially experience significant deficits due to the magnitude of his injuries. Without medical intervention, [he] would likely have died."
Pickar claims that she had fallen asleep with her son the night before and does not recall doing anything that would have caused harm to her son, according to CBS Minnesota.
Later, she told police that she had a history of seizures and believes both her and the baby must have struck the metal crib next to her bed that evening. Investigators reported to CBS of bruises on Pickar's face and arm that were not visible during their previous questioning.
Pickar's only explanation to police as to why she slept in the same bed as her child given her history of seizures was that she was on a medication that she thought would lower her "seizure threshold."
The police reported to Star Tribune that Pickar's mother claims Pickar had notified her that her grandson was injured when she had a seizure and dropped him, as well as having rolled around in bed while suffering a seizure and hit the baby.