A Deerfield Township woman is facing charges after police say she harmed a five-month-old baby left in her care.
Warren County Sheriff’s detectives Monday arrested Elizabeth Pennington, 33, on charges of child endangering.
Pennington worked as a babysitter for the Deerfield Township family since January. On March 13, she called EMS and reported the child had become unresponsive after choking.
Deerfield Township paramedics performed CPR at the scene and transported the baby to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where police say officials there determined the injuries to be inflicted.
That launched an investigation, which, combined with statements from Pennington, led police to make the arrest, said Warren County Sheriff’s Det. Brandi Carter.
The child has been discharged and is stable, but continues to receive treatment for the injuries, said Carter. She declined to say what those injuries were.
A court date has not yet been set.
Carter said parents should screen and perform background checks on prospective child care providers and pay attention for signs of abuse.
“Anytime someone will be watching your children you have to ask around, but ultimately go with your gut. You just never know what can happen,” she said.