Mom Accused of Breaking Baby's Bones

Wednesday, February 7th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

GREAT BEND, Pa. (AP) — A mother was charged with attempted murder for allegedly throwing her 7-week-old daughter to the floor so hard that she broke 13 of the infant's bones.

Police said April Lee Westbrook, 25, gave differing accounts but eventually admitted throwing the infant because she was angry.

However, Westbrook denied that at her arraignment Tuesday.

The infant, Cheyann Lakota Conklin, was in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, a hospital spokeswoman said. The baby had nine broken ribs, a fractured thigh and arm, two broken clavicles and internal bleeding and bruises on her leg and back, police said.

``Whoever did, I'll find out,'' Westbrook said as she was led to her arraignment.

The infant was injured sometime early Thursday, and later that day Westbrook took the baby to a regularly scheduled appointment with her pediatrician, police said.

``She was fine when she went to the doctors,'' she said.

Westbrook was being held without bail on charges of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.