Mother charged with child abuse in baby daughter's death

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - An Indiana woman has been arrested in Birmingham in connection with the death of her two-month-old daughter.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, in a statement Monday to FOX6 News, said Whitney Wilson, 23, of Avon, Ind., had been charged with child abuse. Investigators said the charges were filed after deputies were called to Children's Hospital in Birmingham Sunday by hospital staff. They found Wilson's two-month-old baby, Cadence Davidson, on life support. Doctors told them the child had a skull fracture, a fractured femur and healing rib fractures.  The child was taken off of life support Monday morning and died.

Investigators said Wilson told them the baby had been with her since they left Indiana on Saturday, but that she did not know what had happened to Cadence and denied hurting the baby. She arrived at her parent's home in the Bessemer area at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and the baby was taken to Children's Hospital at approixmately 9:30 p.m.

Investigators say Wilson was charged Sunday night with child abuse and planned to file more charges Monday. Wilson has two other children, a three-year-old and an 18-month-old, who were taken into protective custody by DHR.  

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