Mom of Beaten Baby Arrested, Dad’s Bond Raised

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The mother of an 11-week-old baby who suffered a fractured skull, 15 broken ribs and a broken leg in August is free on bond.

Rebecca Whiteley, 24, was in court to face a risk of injury charge and was released after posting bond.  She was arrested on Tuesday, the day after police arrested the baby's father, Jeremiah Boucher, 24.

Boucher is accused of beating his daughter while he was babysitting her on Aug. 23 and drove the baby to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

 The child has been released from the hospital, is recovering and is in the care of the state Department of Children and Families. A protective order has been issued.

Whiteley is next due in court on Dec. 8.  

Boucher was charged with first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and cruelty. He was arraigned on Tuesday and his bond was raised to $140,000. The judge cited his history of domestic assault charges from a few years ago.

Michael Boucher told NBC Connecticut on Monday that his brother is innocent.

“It’s tough,” Michael Boucher said. “Like I said, I don’t think he has anything to do with it.”

Michael Boucher said his brother has always made his children his priority. He also said that Jeremiah is not capable of that type of violence. He believes the baby’s mother hurt her.

“I’ve seen him with his kids and not one time have I ever seen anything that ever suggests any abuse or violence towards his child,” Michael Boucher said.

Boucher is being held on $40,000 bond. He will be arraigned in Rockville Superior Court Tuesday.

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