Recognizing signs of physical child abuse
A Denton woman was arrested after police said she called 911 stating her child had fallen but medical staff discovered significant head injuries inconsistent with a fall.
Tania Rangel, 25, was charged Friday with injury to a child, according to the Denton City Jail online inmate list. The child suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage, police said. No update on the child’s condition was available Saturday.
On Thursday, Denton Fire/Rescue units were dispatched to the 2500 block of Interstate 35 after the mother reported a medical emergency involving her child falling and hitting their head, according to Denton police. The child was transported to a local hospital, police said.
Due to the extent of the injuries, the child was transported by helicopter to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, police said. Medical staff determined the child’s injuries were inconsistent with a fall found evidence of previous head injuries, police said.
Medical staff notified Child Protective Services and Denton police were notified, police said. Officers launched an investigation and responded to the hospital and the residence.
Due to the evidence gathered in the investigation, police said they obtained an arrest warrant for the child’s mother.
She was arrested and transported to Denton City Jail on a $500,000 bond, police said.
An investigation is ongoing.