Editor's Note: The child is a boy. We originally reported the child was a girl. We regret the error and fixed it as soon as we learned of it.
A 19-year-old Naugatuck girl is accused of physically abusing her 4-month-old son, police say.
Alexandria Valentine, who lives in the Southwood Apartments at 933 Rubber Ave., is accused of shaking her baby to the point where the baby had bleeding on the brain and severe injuries from suspected abuse, police said. The child was treated at Waterbury Hospital and the Hartford Children’s Medical Center, where the child was still hospitalized on Friday.
Police began the investigation on Nov. 1 after learning that Valentine had abused her child. The child was found bruised and unresponsive and was treated by emergency personnel. Doctors later found that someone had caused the abuse, and Valentine admitted to shaking the baby out of frustration, police said. (See follow up here.)
Valentine was charged by warrant with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. She is released on a $50,000 non-surety bond and was arraigned today at Waterbury superior Court.