A Milwaukee woman was charged for abusing her 3-month-old foster son, breaking his arms and legs.
According to Milwaukee County court documents, Dominique Lindsey faces a physical abuse of a child charge, after investigators found a pattern of abuse to the boy she fostered from his drug addicted mother.
A witness said Lindsey reportedly threw a car seat with the child inside, and said, “These [expletive] kids are getting on my nerves.”
The witness also said they saw Lindsey throwing the child around the house, as well as kicking, dropping and throwing the car seat with the child still in it. She also allegedly threw the child into his crib and pushed him back down into the crib again.
The boy’s arms and legs were broken, along with a tear of the tissue in the infant’s lip and mouth.
In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s TMJ4, Lindsey said there was more to the story than court documents provide.
“I did not do this purposely,” she said. “I did not. I sat in jail for six days thinking about my kids. Those are my kids. I took care of them. I miss them.”
Lindsey said she cannot have kids of her own, so she became a foster parent. She took in the boy and his sister, and said the infant boy was born addicted to drugs.
“I never did it for no money,” she said. “I did it because I loved those kids and I don’t want them separated.”
She also said doctors regularly check, and did not find signs of abuse before this incident.
Of the report that said she threw the car seat, she claims she dropped if accidentally.
And as for the report of throwing the baby in the bassinet, she said, “I would never throw anybody’s child, even my own child into a bassinet. Never would I do that.”
Doctors said the infant's injuries were in various stages of healing. Lindsey admitted in the court documents to getting frustrated and occasionally picking up the baby by his arm or legs, something she says she regrets.
If convicted, Lindsey faces 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.