Detectives: Baby suffered fractured skull; mom, 19, arrested

Woman charged with assault, jailed on $1 million bail

Detectives: Baby suffered fractured skull; mom, 19, arrested

READING, Pa. - Detectives on Wednesday announced the arrest of a woman on charges she physically abused her 21-month-old son.

Berks County Detectives said they launched a criminal investigation of Kiara Estright on Oct. 25 after being contacted by Berks County Children and Youth Services.

CYS officials were contacted after Estright's 20-month-old son was admitted to the Reading Hospital with a broken arm.

"The injuries were deemed suspicious," said District Attorney John Adams.

That prompted doctors to order a full body scan of the boy.

"Broken bones throughout this child's body," said Adams.

The scan, detectives said, revealed several healing and healed fractures, including his skull, left clavicle, three ribs and multiple breaks in the leg. Doctors determined the fractures occurred over the past six months.

"It's troubling to see a child that is abused to the point where that child suffers broken bones," said Adams.

Detectives interviewed Estright, 19, at which time they said she admitted to causing her son's injuries.

She said he suffered the broken ribs when she grabbed him too hard; the broken leg when she picked him up and slammed him down because he was not walking right; and the skull fracture when she threw the boy onto a bed and he struck his head against the headboard, according to detectives' account of their interview.

"That is scary," said Amy Rupp, a neighbor on North 10th Street in Reading. 

Rupp said she is surprised to hear such a story.

"They're unfit parents," said Rupp. "If they're not going to take care of the kid, why have them and abuse them? That's not right."

Estright surrendered to detectives Tuesday on charges of aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.

She was committed to the Berks County Jail on $1 million bail.

"The child is now safely in foster care," said Adams. 

According to police reports, Estright said she needs help with her parenting skills and with anger management.

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