A Rowan County woman has been charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

Brittany Hardin, 22, of China Grove, received a $25,000 bond.

On Wednesday, detectives with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Rowan County Department of Social Services concerning a report of a 1-month old infant being treated at Levine’s Children Hospital in Charlotte, a news release stated. The child had been referred to the hospital after the 22-year-old mother took the child to be seen at the pediatrician and a spiral fracture on the child’s arm was discovered.

The investigators discovered the injuries discovered on the child did not match what Hardin was telling the hospital staff, the release stated. The child also had two fractured ribs

Detectives questioned Hardin, who stated that the injuries came from her rolling on top of the child’s arm while they were sleeping together on the couch, the release stated. She later confessed to squeezing the child on one instance, and then jerking the child by the arm out of a crib on another, in both instances because the infant was crying, the release stated.

Detectives are continuing to work closely with the Department of Social Services, as well as attending physicians, to ensure the child remains safe and to determine whether or not additional charges need to be filed, the release stated.

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