PALO PINTO – A woman got angry. So she threw her infant son into a door.
Now, she will spend at least 10 years locked up while her son faces a life of challenges and difficulties.
"He is now 2 years old and still can't speak," said Palo Pinto County District Attorney Kriste Burnett.
Brooke Lauren Reed, 26, pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. She asked the court to sentence her, and after testimony Thursday and Friday before 29th State District Court Judge Michael Moore, he sentenced her to 20 years prison and a $5,000 fine. She could have been sentenced to a range of 5-99 years, or life, in prison.
Because of the extent of the child's injuries, Reed will serve half of her sentence before she can be considered for parole.
It was the morning of April 11, 2017, that police and paramedics were called to a residence in the 200 block of Country Club Parkway following a 911 call from a woman described as "hysterical" and saying her baby was sick.
What first responders found was far more serious. Police reports state Reed was found huddled over a baby lying on the floor near the front door. Reed would end up admitting she threw her then 2-month-old son because he would not stop crying.
The infant was taken to a nearby helicopter landing pad, where an Air Evac medical helicopter flew him to Cooks Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.
Brooke Lauren Reed, 24, was arrested and jailed under $750,000 bond.
The infant gradually improved, and was eventually released into the care of his paternal grandmother, where he remains today.
Burnett said the evidence showed Reed became angry when the baby's father left the house – Reed believed so he could acquire drugs and get high without her. Burnett said the couple were involved in methamphetamine and marijuana use.
The DA said doctors claim the injuries sustained by the child resulted in about 10 percent brain loss that has affected the use of his left upper extremities, along with some cognitive and developmental issues.
"He is special needs and he always will be special needs," Burnett told the Index.