YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Police Department is investigating after a mother brought her three-month-old baby boy to the hospital with head injuries.
Officers say on Thursday around 4:00 p.m. Mishaela Lockbeam-Wheeler brought her son to Yakima Memorial Hospital and said he had fallen off a two-foot couch. The baby had bruises on the back of the head.
After a CT scan, medical staff confirmed the infant had bilateral skull fractures, acute traumatic subdural hematoma, and rib fractures. The baby was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Medical staff determined the injuries did not line up with the mother's story and called police. Police say they believe the baby's injuries were caused by abusive trauma from several different incidents.
Officers searched Lockbeam-Wheeler's home along Queen Avenue and confirmed the couch was only 13 inches tall and not two-feet. They are still investigating.