Deputies: 2-year-old taken to hospital with seriously hurt leg, missing hair from head

Palm Beach County deputies say a woman was arrested for the neglect of a 2-year-old child. Deputies say Ashley Crawford, 33, was taken into custody on Feb. 7.

The affidavit reports that deputies and a Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigator responded to a child abuse investigation at St. Mary's Medical Center on Dec. 8, 2016. The report states that deputies saw the toddler had severely visible injuries to his face, head and body.

Crawford was contacted by the authorities and later arrived at the pediatric center, where deputies say she stated that she had no knowledge of the child's injuries.

"These injuries are a mystery to me," Crawford is quoted saying to deputies in a report.

The affidavit says Crawford told deputies that the 2-year-old had gone on a trip to Ohio the week before but returned with only an ear infection.

Deputies say they asked Crawford about the child's hurt leg, to which Crawford said the child had fallen out of the bed. The report also says Crawford told deputies that the 2-year-old was limping but was still able to walk and get from place to place by holding on to something.

Deputies asked Crawford about a missing patch of hair from the child's head that appeared to have been pulled from the roots. Crawford was stated in the report saying she had no knowledge of how that happened.

Deputies say they questioned Crawford as to why she never took the child to a doctor for treatment for the explainable injuries. They say she told them she didn't know how or was never present when the child got hurt. She also said in her sworn statement that she feared DCF's involvement after a previous incident took place in July 2016.

PBSO deputies say Crawford is charged with child neglect causing great bodily harm.

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