Parents say babysitter to blame for 5-month-old’s injuries

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The parents of a 5-month-old girl say a babysitter is to blame for their daughter’s injuries.

Detectives from Norfolk’s Special Crimes Unit are now investigating the incident.

On Wednesday, Norfolk police say Child Protective Services contacted detectives about facial injuries found on a baby during an ER visit at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD).

Photos shared by the family show significant bruising on the baby’s forehead, but the child’s mother, Breauna Palmer, says she doesn’t have any broken bones or brain injuries.

Palmer tells our sister station WAVY her babysitter Facebook messaged her Wednesday evening, saying she needed to pick up baby Harper.

She says the babysitter explained that in the process of trying to spank her own son, she accidentally hit the five month old. 

Palmer says when she arrived to pick up her daughter, her face was bruised and one of her eyes was nearly swollen shut. She immediately took her to CHKD.

“I’m thinking a spanking on a three-year-old will leave a little mark on Harper that will go away. I mean I walked into a bruised and purple swollen face on my five-month-old; that’s not at all what I expected. I didn’t know how to react, what to say,” said Palmer.

At this time, charges have not been filed. Harper’s parents went to a child abuse center on Thursday to meet with a specialist there for help figuring out what charges were appropriate.

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