Police: Mother Threw Infant Against Wall

Humboldt Park woman accused of abusing two young daughters

Monday, Jan 19, 2009  |  Updated 6:18 PM CDT
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Police: Mother Threw Infant Against  Wall

A 31-year-old pregnant mother is charged with throwing her infant daughter against a wall and beating her 7-year-old with a hangar.

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A pregnant Humboldt Park woman is accused of throwing her 4-month-old daughter against a bedroom wall during an argument with the infant's father and beating her other daughter with a clothes hanger, Chicago police said this morning.

Rosemary Smith, 31, has been charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of endangering the life of a child, all felonies.  Court records show she has prior convictions for similar offenses.


On Friday, the baby was lying in a car seat in a bedroom, police said. As Smith argued with the girl's father, she allegedly picked up the car seat and threw it into a wall.

"Smith then picked up the car seat and shook it vigorously, causing bruises to the victim," police said in a statement.

Her 7-year-old daughter also suffered bruises when Smith hit her numerous times with a hanger, police said.

Police could not comment on the severity of either children's injuries this morning or their conditions.

Smith was convicted in a 2007 case in which she was charged with domestic battery and endangering the life of a child, both misdemeanors, according to the court records.  She was sentenced to 18 months conditional discharge, required to enter a parenting program and pay $395 in fines.

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