A woman suspected of injuring a child she was baby-sitting in Big Horn County posted a $10,000 bond this week after being arrested on felony charges.
Amber Stewart, who faces criminal endangerment charges, was arrested Tuesday and posted bond the same day, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Thursday.
Stewart is set for an arraignment in District Court before Judge Blair Jones on Jan. 6, said David Sibley, chief deputy county attorney.
An information alleges that Stewart was baby-sitting the victim on Nov. 24 and that the child was injured while in her care. The injuries were so severe that the victim 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,” court records said.
The case began on Nov. 24 when the Big Horn County Department of Family Services received a call about a child who was being flown to Denver with a brain injury. The parents told a Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office detective that they had dropped off the victim at Stewart’s home in Hardin at about 8:30 a.m., court records said.
The parents returned about 5 p.m. when Stewart called and told them their child had been injured and was not acting normally. The victim was first taken to Big Horn Memorial Hospital where a CT scan showed bleeding on the brain. The victim was flown to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings and then to Denver.
Medical personnel in Denver and a social worker assigned to the case told the detective that the injuries were inconsistent with an accidental injury.
The detective interviewed Stewart, who acknowledged that she was the only adult in the home during the day. She repeatedly said she was solely responsible for the children, court records said.
Criminal endangerment carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a maximum $50,000 fine.
Sibley said the investigation is continuing.