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Shaken St. Albans infant hospitalized

Mother arrested for assaulting girl

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Aug 1, 2013.

A three-month-old St. Albans girl has been hospitalized with head injuries and her 32-year-old mother is now in jail for allegedly shaking her daughter violently on two occasions to stop the baby’s crying.

Edelyne Louis of 200th Street has been charged with first-degree assault, reckless assault on a child and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly causing her daughter to sustain injuries consistent with head trauma and shaken baby syndrome.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Donna Golia set her bail at $200,000 bond or $150,000 cash. She is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 5, and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a statement issued by his office on Monday, said Louis was caring for her daughter, Britney, at about 10 p.m. on July 16 in their home.

Louis allegedly told investigators that she was tired, hot and frustrated and that Britney was crying.

“She allegedly shook the baby several times in order to stop the crying,” according to Brown’s statement. “The baby quieted down and went to sleep.”

The same thing is alleged to have happened the next day between 2 and 3 p.m. when Britney was once again crying loudly.

Louis is alleged to have again shaken Britney several times to quiet her daughter down before placing the child in her stroller.

The infant subsequently began to vomit and ran a fever of 100 degrees. Louis and her husband, Riswick Pierre, brought the child to Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica.

Doctors conducting the examination allegedly found that the girl had bleeding on her brain and within her eyes.

They also discovered a healing rib fracture.

Brown’s office said Britney has been transferred to a specialized children’s hospital.

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