- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) - A Spring Lake mother has been jailed on a felony charge after her 5-week-old sustained multiple fractures to her ribs, both ankles and a femur.

Multiple media outlets report 25-year-old Rinkuben Patel was charged Tuesday with child abuse inflicting serious physical injury.

The Spring Lake Police Department said in a news release that the baby was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center the morning of Nov. 25 after having seizures. Doctors determined the baby was experiencing brain bleeding, and she was transferred to Duke Medical Center, where other staff discovered signs of physical abuse that included multiple fractures.

On Nov. 26, a social worker contacted Spring Lake Police about the baby’s injuries.

Police say the baby has been released from the hospital and is in local Social Services custody.



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