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updated: 8/22/2011 2:54 PM

Arlington Heights mother charged with breaking infant's legs, skull

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  • Rubi Cabrera is accused of breaking her infant son's legs and skull has been charged with aggravated battery of a child.

      Rubi Cabrera is accused of breaking her infant son's legs and skull has been charged with aggravated battery of a child.

 

A 19-year-old Arlington Heights woman accused of breaking her infant son's legs and skull has been charged with aggravated battery of a child.

Rubi Cabrera, of the 0 to 100 block of South Dryden, faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted of the Class X felony. She's been released from custody after family members posted 10 percent of her $35,000 bail.

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Arlington Heights police Friday were notified by the Department of Children and Family Services about possible child abuse involving the 2-month-old boy, authorities said.

Investigators went to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where the boy was in the process of being examined by a child abuse pediatrician.

The doctor found the infant had fractures to both legs and his skull, along with facial bruising and cuts, police said. In the doctor's opinion, the injuries were consistent with child abuse and not the result of normal infant care, according to police.

The child was placed into DCFS protective custody and is expected to recover fully, Arlington Heights Police Cmdr. Ken Galinski said Monday.

During questioning by investigators at the Arlington Heights police station, Cabrera admitted she often becomes frustrated with the boy because he's been crying frequently, police said.

On several occasions over the last month, Cabrera told investigators, she would jerk the infant violently by his legs while changing his diaper, according to police. One one occasion, he struck his head on the bed frame, police said.

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