CLINTON — Injuries to a 4-month-old baby resulted in a Fulton, Illinois, woman's arrest this week in Clinton County.
Naelynn Trude, 21, of Fulton, was arrested Thursday in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in July. She is charged with child endangerment, bodily injury resulting, a Class C felony. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
Trude, who allegedly admitted to shaking the child, was released from the Clinton County Jail on Friday after posting bond, which was set at $5,000. Her arrest came more than a month after a warrant was issued for her arrest, and more than five months after the alleged incident.
According to court documents, the Camanche ambulance was dispatched at 12:30 a.m. July 13 to Trude's home, which at the time was in Camanche. Upon arrival, personnel discovered Trude's 4-month-old baby was unresponsive and had reportedly stopped breathing.
The infant was transported to Mercy Medical Center – Clinton and later to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for non-accidental trauma testing.
During the course of an investigation, according to court documents, the infant's caretakers said that prior to Trude's arrival home from work on July 12, the infant was healthy and had no problems. A nurse had observed the child on July 11.
Witnesses also allegedly heard Trude yelling at the child while she cried on the night of the alleged incident.
In August, during an interview with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Trude allegedly admitted to shaking her child that night and then tossing the infant into a bassinet while the child continued to cry. Dr. Resmilye Oral at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics examined the child on July 14, and stated that a shaking with or without impact from a soft surface may have occurred as recent as 24 to 48 hours before the examination.
The child's injuries included a skull fracture, subdural hemorrhage and retinal bleeding.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Clinton County Courthouse.