A Gaston teen was arrested and charged Thursday after she admitted to hurting her infant son, whose injuries included six broken ribs, a fractured leg and bleeding to the white of his eye, according to arrest warrants.
Grace Imholte, 19, is charged with child abuse and unlawful neglect of a child after investigators determined she not only caused the child’s injuries, but waited more than 10 days before seeking medical treatment.
“When the baby was finally taken to the hospital, doctors noted his injuries were consistent with child abuse and investigators with the Irmo Police Department were called in,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “During their investigation, it was determined the incidents happened in our jurisdiction and we took on the case.
“Medical professionals said the baby was unable to tolerate formula due to the severity of his rib fractures and we’re grateful the abuse was discovered before his condition worsened.”
Imholte is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.