A Bellefonte woman was charged Tuesday with two counts of endangering her children after failing to provide prompt care when two were injured, according to police.
The first injury occurred in August 2013, when a Cen-Clear Child services worker went to the home of Beverly Duck, 25, for a regularly scheduled visit with Duck’s three children, according to a criminal complaint.
The worker said she could tell Duck’s 3-year-old daughter had hurt her right arm, according to the complaint. Duck gave different reasons for the child’s injury and said it happened overnight, police said. The worker took the child to the hospital and it was determined the child had a dislocated elbow, police said. Duck’s mother told police the injury occurred when Duck pulled on the child’s arm, according to the complaint.
Centre County Children and Youth Services took Duck’s children from her home because of this incident, the complaint said.
In August of this year, police were called to Mount Nittany Medical Center after staff there reported that Duck had dropped her newborn son on the floor.
Duck told hospital staff that she had fallen asleep with the child on her chest and the baby fell to the ground when she “jerked” during a nightmare, according to the complaint. The baby was found to have a fractured skull, the complaint said.
CYS employees were already at the hospital because of text messages they were made aware of that suggested that Duck did not want the child, and they were not going to allow Duck to leave the hospital with the child, according to the complaint.
Children and Youth Services declined to comment. Justin Paul Miller, Duck’s attorney, said there was no comment from his client.
Duck is in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 31.