Deputies arrested a Zachary woman after a medical examination revealed her 2-year-old son had multiple “obvious human bite marks” on his body and was suffering from a bleeding in the brain caused by intentional trauma.
Doneisha Renee Carter, 20, took the boy to an emergency room on Dec. 16 because he was vomiting, complaining of a headache and would not eat — and possibly having seizures, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report says.
When a CAT scan was conducted on the boy, staff discovered he had bleeding in the brain and moved him to the pediatric intensive care unit, the report says. Doctors said the bleeding was caused by intentional trauma and likely not the result of seizure activity.
Carter told deputies her son had been experiencing seizure-like symptoms since he was six months old, but she thought he was having a temper tantrums, the report says. Carter had come to the emergency room Dec. 11 and Dec. 13 for similar visits.
In addition, a doctor on Dec. 16 found multiple human bite marks on different parts of the boy’s body, all in different stages of healing. Carter told detectives she believed the bites were insect bites or possibly caused by her 4-year-old nephew, but a forensic expert in teeth marks determined the bites could not been caused by a 4-year-old.
Carter, 21930 Samuels Road, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on second-degree cruelty to juveniles.