A 32-year-old Milwaukee woman is accused of severely abusing her three-month-old foster child, and experts say a family friend's decision to call Child Protective Services on the foster mother likely saved the baby's life.
Dominique Lindsey is charged with one count of physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing great bodily harm, for alleged actions that took place between December of 2016 and March of 2017.
According to a criminal complaint, investigators responded to Children's Hospital for a child abuse complaint involving a three-month-old boy, who had suffered numerous fractures to both arms and legs, and a torn upper frenulum in his mouth.
"This is horrifying. It's really tragic," Susan Conwell, executive director of Kids Matter said. "If anything, we should look at it as a call for good people, patient people to step forward and become foster parents. Foster care is supposed to be a guarantee of safety,"
CPS officials said they had received a report on March 13th that Lindsey had been abusing her foster child.
At a home near 105th and Dean, the complaint says video was observed by CPS investigators, showing Lindsey "forcefully pushing a pacifier into (the boy's) mouth" and "forcefully pulling him out of a car seat."
CPS officials called police and took the child to Children's.
"That call probably saved that child's life," Conwell said.