Mom Caused Baby Permanent Brain Damage by Throwing Him Against Wall When He Wouldn't Stop Crying

When Brooke Lauren Reed's baby wouldn't stop crying in 2017, she admitted to throwing him against a door in frustration

Photo: Palo Pinto Sheriff's Office

A Texas mother who threw her 2-month-old against a door because he wouldn’t stop crying has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Brooke Lauren Reed, 26, of Mineral Wells, pleaded guilty in May 2018 to a first-degree felony charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, a clerk at the 29th State District Court confirms to PEOPLE.

On Friday, she was sentenced to 20 years prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

She will be eligible for parole in 10 years.

The child sustained permanent brain damage from the impact of hitting the door, Palo Pinto County District Attorney Kriste Burnett said, the Mineral Wells Index reports.

“He is now 2 years old and still can’t speak,” Burnett said, the Index reports.

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Doctors said his injuries resulted in a 10 percent brain loss that cost him the use of his left arm and left him with cognitive and developmental issues, according to Burnett.

“He [has] special needs and he always will [have] special needs,” Burnett told the Index.

The crime took place on April 11, 2017, when police and EMTs responded to a 911 call from a woman described as “hysterical” who said her baby was sick, the Index reports.

Police found Reed “huddled over” her infant son, who was on the floor near the front door, the Index reports.

She admitted she threw the baby against the door because she became frustrated when he would not stop crying, according to local Fox affiliate KRIV.

The child was flown via helicopter to Cooks Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, the Dallas Morning News reports, while Reed was arrested.

The child was released to his paternal grandmother, where he remains today, the Index reports.

Attempts to reach Reed’s attorney were not immediately successful.

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