ACWORTH, GA — An Acworth woman is charged with child cruelty and assault for injuring her infant son so severely that he had to be put in a medically induced coma, according to a news release from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
Yeimi Lopez-Cardona, 19, is charged with aggravated assault and three counts of first-degree cruelty to children. The Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News reported that Lopez-Cardona is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Jail.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at a home on Hunter Drive Saturday responding to an “unresponsive child call,” they found a 1-year boy with injuries to his face and body, said Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
Baker said in the statement that the child was unable to respond to any stimuli. The child was then transported to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, where “he was placed into a medically induced coma due to a brain injury,” Baker said.
The only other person home at the time was Lopez-Cardona. Investigators arrested her after concluding she had injured the child.
The boy’s father wasn’t initially at the scene and has not been charged.
The infant is now in stable condition at Scottish Rite, according to The Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News, and is in the custody of the Department of Family and Children’s Services.