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Woman Charged With Severely Injuring Crying Baby

Waukesha woman tells police she slammed the baby on the couch because he was crying, according to a criminal complaint.

A Waukesha woman injured her 4-month-old nephew so bad that it could cause long-term motor delay, blindness and mental retardation, a criminal complaint alleges.

Toni M. Mackay, 36, is charged with physical abuse of a child-recklessly causing great bodily harm. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

The 4-month-old boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin after Mackay sent a text message Feb. 6 to his mother worried because he was “coughing, rigged and was clenched up.” A social worker at the hospital reported the incident to the Waukesha Police Department because the boy had a brain bleed.

The baby’s parents told detectives their son was vomiting in late January after being in Mackay’s care, so they took him to an urgent care clinic but his tests came back normal. However, the boy was vomiting three times in the hospital on Feb. 6.

Police interviewed Mackay, who told them the boy was crying while she was changing his diaper, so she slammed him down on the couch. The boy’s head hit the wooden area on the couch, which caused him to cry more, she told police. She didn’t tell his parents about the incident.

On Feb. 6, she told police, the boy was crying again and wouldn’t take his bottle. She told police she shook the boy and again slammed the baby on the couch, hitting his head on the exposed wooden frame.

About an hour after the incident, she told police, the boy appeared to go into a seizure. While she knew she should have called 911, she instead contacted the boy’s parents.

A doctor from Children’s Hospital told a detective that the baby had a subdural hemorrhage that was causing pressure on his brain. The doctor indicated the baby faces possible long-term motor delay, blindness and mental retardation, although some cases may be milder. School-age children could have learning disabilities or behavioral problems, the doctor told police.

michelle February 15, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Sounds like this lady has mental issues. Or something.
Becky Lyon February 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Sounds like she needs to slammed on a couch with a wooden frame or something. Then she should be shaken by huge person twice her size. There just is NO excuse for this to happen. There is something seriously wrong with her. I sure do hope she goes to jail for this!!!
Mr Lundt February 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
In keeping with the court tradition, the mothers rights will supercede the child's best interests. Because our laws our outdated and idiotic.
Katie February 15, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Mr lundt - just to be clear this was not the mother who did this. It was the aunt who also ran an in home childcare.
Mr Lundt February 15, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Katie Thank you for the clarification...or more specifically pointing out what was actually reported! My bad
Katie February 15, 2013 at 04:07 PM
:) just dont want the family under more stress thinking anyone may think they would do anything to their sweet little boy....
Martin Tully February 15, 2013 at 07:19 PM
This is another sad situation with a life time of consequences. Regardless, the person who did this needs to be punished.
Lizzo February 15, 2013 at 07:37 PM
https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/11095 I am this babies loving aunt. If anyone would like to help our family, please use the link posted. If you can't help out financially, we can use prayers and good thoughts :)
brad klump February 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
In cases like this the law of an eye for an eye, should be placed in effect!
Scott Voigt February 16, 2013 at 07:26 PM
She Probly wont get much time for it, If any at all. maybe probation. from what i know about this kinda stuff they threaten with Prison and when it comes down to it one person i know got probation. They need to send the drunks and drug attics to rehab rather than fill the jails and prisons with them.
Mr Lundt February 16, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Because of the raging success that rehab has... Slaps on the wrists have proven to be a failure to both society and the criminals.

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