Plainville mother arrested after baby suffers serious injuries

Caitlin Knight (Photo provided by the Plainville Police Dept.)

PLAINVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — People in Plainville are saddened and shocked after a mother was arrested and charged for putting her newborn baby into the hospital with serious head injuries.

Caitlin Knight, 27, was arrested Wednesday. She’s charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor. Lexi Cheatham has a young son and lives a few doors over from Knight house.

“My heart sank, I was sick to my stomach, it was just an awful thought,” said Chatham. “I remember seeing all of the police cars and I thought something really bad happened.”

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In December, paramedics and police were called to the house for an unconscious infant. Knight told police the baby was injured in an accidental fall, but investigators say the injuries are not consistent with a fall.

Bob Savard was there when the paramedics and police arrived.

“I saw them come out with the little child,” said Savard. “One of the guys, they had an oxygen mask on the baby’s face. They got I the ambulance and a police car escorted them; they were sirens going.”

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Cheatham has more than a dozen years as a child care professional and says it hard to fathom a mother that would hurt a newborn.

“There is nothing in this world that could make me do that to my child or any other child,” said Cheatham. “To even think about that is heartbreaking.”

Knight is being held on $250,000 bond. Her son is still in critical condition.

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