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#1 KlaineyGStudy

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 04:38 AM

Mother who blamed baby's skull fracture on a ghost arrested on felony charge in Carrollton


A Carrollton woman is accused of injuring her 2-month-old child after she reportedly told a family caregiver that a ghost fractured the baby's skull.

Maria Benavides-Ruiz, 21, was arrested Tuesday on a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, according to Dallas County court records.

She bonded out of the Dallas County Jail on the same day.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Benavides-Ruiz took a polygraph test and said she awoke in a panic in the middle of the night and threw her baby off the bed after he threw up on her.

Little Levi Benavides hit his head on a wooden dresser and wound up in the hospital Feb. 23 with a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain, according to the warrant.

Benavides-Ruiz and her husband initially said the injury was the result of an accident that happened when her husband dropped the boy as he was trying to open a bag of diapers.

But the explanations for the baby's injuries kept changing in a series of interviews detectives conducted in March and April. In one, a family caregiver said Benavides-Ruiz told her that the couple awoke in the middle of the night and found Levi lying on the floor crying and injured — an injury they blamed on a ghost.

In a March 21 interview, Benavides-Ruiz's husband said he had made up the story about the diaper accident and instead blamed it on a ghost, saying he heard a "swoosh" sound in the middle of the night and awoke to his wife tapping him on the shoulder, where she pointed out Levi lying on the floor with a red mark on the side of his face.

Police seized two cellphones after Benavides-Ruiz's husband told them he had used them to try to capture an image of the ghost. Police found text messages from the suspect to her husband on the phone that indicated the couple tried to piece a story together.

"Hope they don't find out it wasn't an accident," one text read. Another message sent about a month before the injury was reported indicated that the mother hit her baby in the mouth because he wasn't latching onto her to feed.

Benavides-Ruiz took the polygraph test on April 6 and at first repeated the "ghost theory," according to the warrant, but then said the injury happened because of the vomiting incident.

During the test, Benavides-Ruiz said her husband never really knew how the baby was hurt. There's no indication the baby's father faces any charges.

The baby, now in the care of Child Protective Services, was examined by doctors at Children's Health Medical Center, who found a slightly depressed skull fracture, bleeding under the skull and a contusion to the brain.

Doctors determined the injuries could not have resulted from accidents that occurred during normal daily care.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:43 PM

Wow.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:12 PM

What a witch(and not in a good sense). :angry22:

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Posted Yesterday, 09:17 PM

Glad they saved the baby. That chick is horrid!

I remember another story of abuse that was on here a long while back where abusive parents blamed their kid's injuries on ghosts.

Must be the new "The Devil made me do it".
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Posted Yesterday, 11:12 PM

They were both terrible parents, that poor baby lost in both his mother and a father :( Hope he finds his happy loving ever after home!
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