Kelsy Newell-Skinner is only 21 years old, but she's already given birth to five children by two different fathers. Now, however, she's been arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse resulting in severe injury -- a charge that will certainly be altered following the death last night of her youngest child, a two-month-old daughter. Warning: The details contained in an arrest affidavit on view below along with photos and video may be disturbing for some readers.
At 11 p.m. on July 27, according to the report, a police officer was contacted in regard to an infant brought to Children's Hospital.
The document states that the thus-far-unidentified baby, who'd been brought to another area hospital by her maternal grandmother, Krista Skinner, "was brain dead with severe bruising on her head, a swollen left eye, fractured ribs and suspected bite marks on her left thigh area."
The child lived at an apartment at 10700 Hampden Avenue with her mom, Newell-Skinner, and her father, Jonathan Hurst, as well a fifteen-month-old brother and three additional half-siblings -- a set of three-year-old twins and a four-year-old.
The latter's dad is identified as Chantz Darrow. He told investigators that he received a series of texts from Skinner-Newell beginning at around noon on the 27th. In one of the messages, she allegedly told him "she must have been very drunk last night, because she just woke up and the baby had been beaten," the affidavit notes. An additional text is said to have included Kelsy's acknowledgment that "she did not even remember last night and she felt horrible."
Darrow didn't exactly set a land-speed record getting to the apartment. He estimated his time of arrival at 2:30 p.m., and after seeing the beaten child, he phoned Kelsy's mother, Krista. During the call, Newell-Skinner is described as hysterical and she soon ran out of the apartment.
Next to be interviewed was Hurst, who said he'd last seen his daughter the previous evening before he'd gone to work -- and he'd stayed the night at his mom's house owing to a fight he'd had with Newell-Skinner. On the 27th, he revealed that he had e-mailed back and forth with Newell-Skinner, with her texting him just prior to 4 p.m. that "she was going to jail." Just over ninety minutes later, Krista phoned to tell him about the baby's injuries and he headed to the hospital.
During her interview, Krista Skinner said she'd gotten a text from her daughter earlier that day saying she was depressed because she didn't have any money. When she learned about the baby's injuries, Krista encouraged Newell-Skinner to dial 911 and raced to the apartment. By the time she arrived, however, Newell-Skinner was gone, so she drove the child to Parker Adventist Hospital herself.
From the affidavit: "Ms. Skinner believes that Kelsy left the apartment because she thought the police would be called."
At last report, Newell-Skinner remains in custody. No booking photo has been released as of this writing. Look below to see a 7News piece about this tragedy, followed by the affidavit.
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