Big Horn County woman denies endangering baby

2010-01-06T14:30:00Z Big Horn County woman denies endangering babyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
January 06, 2010 2:30 pm  • 

A woman accused of injuring a baby she was caring for pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony criminal endangerment charges in Big Horn County.

Amber Stewart entered her plea during an arraignment before 22nd District Judge Blair Jones, said Big Horn County Chief Deputy Attorney David Sibley. Jones continued a $10,000 bond Stewart posted Dec. 31, when she was arrested.

A trial date will be set later, Sibley said.

Stewart is accused of injuring a baby boy whom she was babysitting at her home on Nov. 24, court records said. The baby was flown to Denver Children’s hospital with a traumatic brain injury. Medical providers have said the injuries were caused by “a single trauma to the head.’’

The parents dropped off their son at Stewart’s residence in the morning. They returned about 5 p.m. when Stewart called and told them their child had been injured and was not acting normally, court records said. A CT scan at Big Horn Memorial Hospital showed bleeding on the brain.

A detective interviewed Stewart, who acknowledged she was the only adult in the home during the day. 

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