Couple charged after 2-year-old found with broken bones, apparent burns from cigarettes
Two people have been charged after a 2-year-old was found with several broken bones and apparent burns from cigarettes.
Rayco Delshaune Traylor, 31, is charged with first-degree assault while the child’s mother, 26-year-old Tabitha Sylvia Chisholm, is charged with neglect and child endangerment.
Officers went to an apartment on the 7900 block of Zane Avenue North in Brooklyn Park on Sunday after a caller reported hearing an altercation between a man and woman. Another caller reported an unconscious 2-year-old.
There, officers met Chisholm, who confirmed her 2-year-old daughter was breathing but unresponsive. The child was taken to a hospital for emergency medical care and appeared to have several injuries, officers noted.
According to a criminal complaint, Chisholm told officers her boyfriend, Traylor, was watching the child while she was at work. When she tried calling him and he didn’t answer, she came home to find the child injured and tried to put the child’s arm back in place by following steps found online.
At the hospital, the child was diagnosed with fractures in her skull, vertebrae, left tibia and fibula, right humerus and a spinal cord injury. Additionally, numerous burns that were determined to be consistent with being caused by a cigarette were found on the child’s skin at various stages of healing.
Chisholm told police she also noticed the child had some additional injuries last week but didn’t seek medical care because she didn’t want it to appear to be abuse and risk losing the child, the complaint states.
As of Wednesday, the girl still hadn’t shown movement in her legs, the complaint adds.
Traylor left the apartment before officers arrived but was later arrested. His first court appearance is set for Friday afternoon. Chisholm was scheduled to make her first appearance Thursday.
First-degree assault carries up to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine with a conviction while child neglect and endangerment each carry a maximum penalty of five years and a $10,000 fine.