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Woman wanted by Baton Rouge Police after 3-month-old brought to hospital with fractures, broken jaw

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Posted at 1:54 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 14:54:49-04

Police in Baton Rouge are searching for a 24-year-old woman accused of injuring her three-month-old daughter.

Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department says 24-year-old Kayla Simmons is wanted for cruelty to juveniles.

The department says that Simmons' daughter was allegedly brought to the hospital in March 2020 with multiple fractures.

According to WBRZ, police records indicate those injuries included fractured ribs, a fractured left femur, fractured left and right tibia and a broken jaw.

The hospital reportedly told police at the time of the incident that the child's jaw was recently broken and that the other injuries were about one to two weeks old.

WBRZ says that police spoke with Simmons who said only she and her babysitter watch her daughter, that the child is never left alone with the father and that she had no knowledge of the injuries prior to the hospital visit.

Simmons allegedly also claimed that a week prior to the incident her child had been cleared by her pediatrician as healthy. But investigators learned she had not been to the doctor's office since December.

Police also learned the child's babysitter had moved to Texas about a week before the child was hospitalized.

Simmons is wanted for second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

Police say the child is currently in protective custody.

Anyone with information on Simmons' whereabouts is asked to contact Baton Rouge Police at 225-389-3853 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867

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