HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Houston County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested an 18-year-old woman earlier this week in connection to allegations that after she stayed up all night playing video games and smoking marijuana, she broke her 4-month-old baby's arm by grabbing the boy in an "overly aggressive manner."
Allison Ann-Ashley Carden, of Kennard, was booked into the Houston County Jail on a second-degree felony injury to a child causing serious bodily charge.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Friday, an HCSO investigator joined a Child Protective Services investigator for a home visit in Kennard on April 17. They met with Carden and the father of her baby, who had suffered a broken right upper arm.
After the investigators spoke to both parents about what had happened, Carden allegedly apologized in a written statement and in an audio/video recording and confessed to breaking her son's arm.
Carden explained to the investigators that she had been "very sleepy and tired from staying awake all night playing video games" with her baby's father and smoking marijuana on April 12, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, Carden said that between 7 and 8 a.m. on the morning of April 13, her son woke up crying, and she got up to feed him. She then went back to sleep, and the baby woke up crying again.
Carden told the investigators that she thought the baby needed to be re-swaddled and she grabbed him. It was at that time that she noticed that her son was not moving his right arm like he was moving his left arm, the affidavit stated. His arm as limp and not moving.
"Allison advised that she didn't mean to hurt [her son], that she was just sleepy and tired," the affidavit stated.