By TODD GLASSCOCK
A 3-month-old Mineral Wells girl was listed in stable condition Wednesday at Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, after allegedly receiving a traumatic head injury from her mother.
“She’s not getting better, but she’s not getting worse,” said Mineral Wells police Det. Jeremy Hamscher, who has been in contact with the infant’s care team at Cook’s since the girl was brought in last week by her mother, Bobbie Lea Towles, 19.
A CT scan of the baby revealed an occipital subdural hematoma, a head trauma consistent with shaken baby syndrome, Hamscher said. With this condition, blood flows between the dura (brain cover) and the skull; it can put increased pressure on the brain and cause neurological abnormalities that can lead to coma or death.
Hamscher said Cook’s reported the injuries as suspicious that led police and an investigator from the Palo Pinto District Attorney’s office to investigate the mother and obtain a warrant for her arrest.
Towles was arrested May 28 and charged with injury to a child with the intent of serious bodily injury in Parker County by the Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team following leads from the police investigation, said police spokesman Randy Wright. She remained in Palo Pinto County Jail Wednesday on a $250,000 bond.
Hamscher said the Parker County team apprehended Towles and he picked her up and brought her to Mineral Wells.
Towles would not speak to police regarding the investigation, he said.
Towles had two other young children, he said, who were taken to the Children’s Alliance Center of Palo Pinto County, where they were interviewed. Assisting with the interview was the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center of Glen Rose.
The other two children were placed in care of immediate family, he said.
He said the children’s biological father and his family have been cooperative regarding the investigation.