Hanford mother charged in 2-month-old's death

HANFORD, California - A Hanford woman has been charged in the death of her 2-month-old baby who died last week, the Kings County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

On June 22, deputies were dispatched to the 8300 block of Idaho Avenue in Hanford regarding an unresponsive baby.

Deputies, paramedics and fire personnel arrived on scene and found the infant not breathing, the Sheriff's Office said.

The baby was first transported to Adventist Medical Center and eventually to Valley Children's Hospital, but the baby died the next day.

Initial statements to the deputies on scene indicated the infant was found face down on a mattress resulting in possible suffocation, the Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives conducted an interview with the parents and found inconsistencies in their information regarding the events leading up to the infant being found unresponsive, the Sheriff's Office said. Additionally, no visible injuries to the child were located. 

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday and revealed two severe blunt force trauma injuries to the infant's head which ultimately resulted in the infant's death, the Sheriff's Office said. It was determined that the father was not at home at the time of the injury and was not directly involved. The infant's death is being investigated as a homicide.

Detectives conducted follow up interviews with the parents of the infant and determined the mother, Veronica Brouwer, 40, caused the injuries to the child, the Sheriff's Office said.

She was booked into the Kings County Jail on murder charges.

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