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Mother charged with beating infant son

Cary Ashby • Nov 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

A young mother has been arrested on an allegation she has beaten her infant son multiple times.

Daphne J. Waters, 20, of Toledo, was arrested Thursday in Lucas County on a secret indictment issued by an Erie County grand jury. She was charged with two counts each of felonious assault and child endangering.

"We asked Toledo PD to find her and they did," Erie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

Deputies transported Waters to the Erie County Jail on Friday. She must post a $120,000 bond before being released from custody.

The sheriff's office started its investigation Sept. 13 at the request of the Sandusky Police Department because officers were handling a triple homicide.

"We believe there was more than one incident of abuse," Oliver said.

The 6-month-old boy first was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. A LifeFlight helicopter later transferred him to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

Oliver said doctors discovered the infant had "healing fractures."

"This is her child -- her son," he said.

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