*It should be noted that the suspect was granted entry on a student visa, but never attended any school, according to court documents.
SPRING LAKE, NC – A 25-year-old Spring Lake mother has been jailed on a felony charge after her 5-week-old suffered multiple fractures to her ribs, both ankles and a femur.
Rinkuben Patel of Mont Drive, was charged Tuesday with child abuse inflicting serious physical injury, the Spring Lake Police Department said in a news release.
Spring Lake police detectives said they arrested Patel at her home and took her to the Cumberland County jail, where her bail was set at $10,000.
According to Spring Lake police, the baby was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Nov. 25 at 9:30 p.m. after having seizures. The doctors determined the baby was having brain bleeding, and she was transferred to Duke Medical Center, where other staff discovered signs of physical abuse that included the multiple fractures.
On Nov. 26, a Cumberland County social worker contacted Spring Lake police about the baby’s injuries, and the police investigation was begun.
Police said the baby has been released from the hospital and in is local Social Services custody.