Mother Arrested After Claremore Baby Found With 'Horrendous' Abuse Injuries

Thursday, June 14th 2012, 5:27 pm
By: News On 6

Rogers County officials are investigating a young Claremore mother and her boyfriend after a 6-month-old boy was brought to a hospital with "horrendous" injuries.

Tiffany Love, 20, is being held at the Rogers County Jail on $500,000 bond and one complaint of child abuse by injury.

Love's boyfriend, Matthew Jenkins, 22, was also booked on one complaint of child abuse by injury and is being held on $250,000 bond.

Claremore Police Sergeant Wayne Stinnett said the department was called by Hillcrest Hospital-Claremore on Monday about a potential child abuse case.

The 6-month-old boy was initially taken to the hospital because his right arm wasn't moving correctly. Doctors discovered seven broken bones on the boy's arms, legs and ribs in various stages of healing.

"To abuse an infant over a significant period of time where bones are being broken is nothing short of torture," said Sergeant Wayne Stinnett, Claremore Police Department.

Stinnett says Bryson had visible bruises, too. The child was hurting so badly, doctors had to give him pain medicine to calm him down just so his body could rest.

"A pretty battered little guy," Stinnett said.

Investigators say Jenkins lived in a mobile home park in Claremore. They are investigating to learn if that's where he was abused – and how he could have suffered so much in such a short time.

"Especially to be an infant, whose bones are typically very pliable and meant to bend some, that would indicate that there was a significant amount of force used," said Sergeant Wayne Stinnett of the Claremore Police.

"It's difficult to understand how someone can hurt a child," Stinnett said. "Frustration is understandable, situations happen, but to repeatedly hurt a child is difficult for anyone to understand, especially a parent."

Stinnett said the baby was an only child to Love, and he has been placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Other than his injuries, the baby is expected to recover, Stinnett said.

Jenkins is currently in the Rogers County drug court program, and it is unclear how the new accusations will affect his case there.