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Report: Mom wants answers about lack of care for infant during Hendricks incident

Ashanti Hendricks
Ashanti Hendricks

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The mother of a baby whose skull was fractured during an incident at Milwaukee Children's Hospital wants to know why police or nurses never secured the infant.  

The woman spoke to the Journal Sentinel on the condition that she stay anonymous. The baby's father, 22-year-old Ashanti Hendricks, allegedly dropped the infant from a futon and ran out of a hospital room last month, after officers confronted him about missing a previous court hearing.

He was shot and wounded during a chase on the hospital's seventh floor.  

Hendricks had visited the mother's hospital room to see the youngster. The woman told the paper she had gone down to a pharmacy to get vitamins for the child when police arrived.  

When she tried getting back to her room, the mother said officers detained her, and were threatening to arrest her. She said she wanted a lawyer, but officers said she wouldn't need one.

The mother quoted the officers as saying the state would take custody of her son unless she admitted knowing that Hendricks had a gun at the time. She wouldn't say that, and she never lost her child.  

Milwaukee's Child Welfare Bureau drafted a protection plan, and the woman said she couldn't be alone with the infant for two weeks. That passed without incident, but she said a social worker remains assigned to her.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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