Indian American Mother Jailed For Child Abuse in North Carolina

Rinkuben Patel, 25
Rinkuben Patel, 25

WASHINGTON:  An Indian-origin mother has been arrested in the US on charges of causing serious injuries to her five-week-old girl child that left her with broken ribs and leg.

Rinkuben Patel, 25, who was arrested on Tuesday, is now in the Cumberland County jail in North Carolina under a USD 10,000 bond, police said.

Police said EMS responded to the family’s Mont Drive apartment regarding a call of the baby having seizures about 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. She was then taken to Duke Medical Center / Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for more treatment. After further examination, doctors found rib fractures, ankle fractures, and a femur fracture.

According to the Spring Lake Police Department in North Carolina, the baby has now been released from the hospital and is now in the Social Services’ custody. Ms Patel, her husband, and their child lived in the apartment with another couple.

“I have sympathy for any infant and the children who can’t defend themselves,” Curtis Worthy, who rented the apartment to the Patels, was quoted as saying by a local news channel.

“You really feel sorry for them,” he said, adding that the Patel couple moved into the apartment about two years ago.

Curtis Worthy said there were no adverse warning signs prior to the Thanksgiving Eve incident.


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