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Pontiac mother accused of beating 3-month-old daughter

20-year-old woman faces child abuse charges; infant hospitalized

Constance Johnson
Constance Johnson

PONTIAC, Mich. – A 20-year-old Pontiac mother is accused of beating her 3-month-old daughter, leaving the infant with serious injuries including bruising and broken ribs.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said it was notified last week by medical staff at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital that a 3-month-old victim was in their ICU with serious injuries.

The child initially was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where she was unconscious and not breathing, according to the report from the Sheriff's Office. Medical staff performed CPR. After her medical condition had been stabilized, the child was airlifted to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

A treating physician reported that the child had bruising, broken ribs, and a host of other injuries which made doctors suspect that there was abuse involved, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

Right now, the child is listed in stable condition at the hospital.

Both of her parents were questioned by law enforcement. Her mother, Constance Johnson, was arrested on Friday. She is charged with 1st and 2nd degree child abuse. She was arraigned and is being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $30,000 cash surety bond. She has no previous criminal history.

Johnson's next court appearance is a pre-exam conference on Oct. 6 before Judge Michael Martinez.