WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- A Leander woman has been arrested after authorities say she threw a 19-month-old boy across a room.
Williamson County authorities say Angelica Bradley, 24, was watching her stepson, Lane, while her husband, Lane's father, was at work. Bradley told authorities she was potty training Lane when he urinated on the floor.
"Bradley said in frustration she picked Lane up and threw him across the living room," an arrest affidavit said.
Bradley told detectives and Child Protective Services that when she saw blood coming out of Lane's ear, she shaved his hair with barber shears, searching for the injury. When she found a serious cut, she took the toddler to Cedar Park Medical Center. He was then taken to Dell Children's.
"Of course that's something she'll never get over as well, I'm sure. It's just a very sad situation," said neighbor Ruth Murphy.
Murphy says the family had just moved in across the street. She said she saw the little boy crying a lot, but that it seemed normal for that age.
"The younger the child, then the more likely an injury may be inflicted. Three-fourths of children who die from abuse are under four years of age," said Dr. George Edwards with Dell Children's Hospital.
Dr. Edwards explained head trauma is the leading cause of death in children who've been abused, and the number of children dying from child abuse is equal to the number of those dying from cancer. He also says the effects of abuse on a child can be far reaching for years to come.
Medical staff told deputies that Lane's skull was fractured, and he had bruises over his right eye and forehead. Doctors also found a previous skull fracture.
Bradley was arrested and is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $150,000 bond.