|Talia Nichelle Lumpkin|
A mother left her baby lying on the parking lot floor with severe injuries, according to reports.
The mother, a 23 year old, has been charged after her son, 13 months old, was found with serious injuries, lying in the middle of a parking lot, unattended.
Talia Nichelle Lumpkin was arrested and charged with endangering a child after her child was taken to an emergency room, according to an indictment filed with the Harris County District Court.
The child’s aunt found her 13-month-old niece lying on the road with multiple abrasions on her arms, legs and back, she told investigators. She immediately took the child to the emergency room at East Houston Regional Medical Center. She told investigators that it appeared the girl had been hit by a car.
A doctor at the hospital said the baby had three broken ribs and multiple bruises, apparently from a blow to the chest. The doctor concluded that the injuries were probably due to a fall.
Lumpkin, the girl’s mother, arrived at the hospital and told authorities that her daughter had fallen on the playground equipment at her apartment complex, the complaint states. Hospital officials did not believe the explanation is consistent with the child's injuries.
Investigators inspected the playground and discovered that it is built of wood and surrounded by sand. They also did not believe that the mother's story was consistent.
The child's aunt, who had found the child, initially admitted to investigators that her sister had asked everyone to lie about how the child was injured. She told investigators that the child was left alone, wandering in a parking lot.