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PD: Foster mother assaulted 6-month-old baby

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Danielle Clark was charged with assaulting her 6-month-old foster child. (East Windsor Police Department) Danielle Clark was charged with assaulting her 6-month-old foster child. (East Windsor Police Department)

A foster mother from Broad Brook was arrested after police said she injured her 6-month-old baby boy.

Danielle Clark, 23, was charged with second-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor on Sunday evening.

Clark’s arrest comes after a “thorough investigation” by the East Windsor Police Department. The baby was brought to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford on Aug. 5.

The baby had “injuries to the front and back of its head, torso, eyes and arms,” police said. Doctors determined that the child’s injuries were “not life threatening.” The baby was later found to have two broken legs.

Clark told police that the boy had visited with his biological mother and grandmother that day, and was covered with a blanket in his carrier from the time she picked him up, during errands she ran afterward, and until she got home around 5 p.m.

She said that is when she noticed his injuries, but police said their investigation proved otherwise as they have video evidence that the boy was in a onesie with no blanket and out of his carrier when he was passed back to Clark, and that she was home by 3:45 p.m.

Her brother told police during questioning that he could hear Clark yelling at the boy that afternoon to stop crying. He also told police if Clark ever did something wrong that she would never admit to it, and that she lies.

The baby is currently in the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. 

DCF officials said they have "high expectations for our foster families and those expectations are met in almost all instances."

"When a child is hurt in a foster home, therefore, it is greatly concerning, and we take every possible action to ensure the child receives full medical attention and that the child is safely cared for from that point forward," DCF statement read. 

When choosing foster parents, DCF officials said they run background checks for criminal and child protection history, and asses their ability to provide care.

Clark is being held on $100,000 bond. In court on Monday the bond commissioner said Clark had a history of mental health problems and the judge said he was surprised that she was cleared to be a foster mother.

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