KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local mother and her boyfriend were charged with endangering the welfare of a child after a 2-year-old girl was found with several healing fractures -- including a fractured skull.
The mother, 20-year-old Brittaney Gannaway of Kansas City, Mo., said the girl was clumsy and hit her head on something in their apartment. She also told police the toddler, identified by authorities as S.G., had fallen off her bicycle.
Police were called to Gannaway's home after receiving a call to check the welfare of two children in the home.
Gannaway and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Jonathan Hale, told police they had been the only people to watch S.G. over the last several months, according to court documents.
S.G. was taken to a local hospital. Doctors said she had healing fractures of the ulna and humerus, a fracture to the right occipital skull and elevated liver enzymes. They told police she had healing bruises over much of her body, as well as cuts to her lip and scalp.
According to court documents, Gannaway told authorities that on March 28, S.G. came out of her room holding her forehead, which had a large bump on it. Gannaway said she tried to figure out what S.G. did to injure herself, but could not.
Hale told authorities a similar story about going into her bedroom to play and not knowing what caused the head injury.
According to court documents, Hale said Gannaway wanted to take S.G. to a doctor for her injuries, but he told her not to out of fear that DFS would become involved.
Both face charges of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Latisha Willis lives in the same apartment building as Gannaway and has a 3-year-old daughter. The complex is home to several families with children.
Willis described 2-year-old S.G. as a friendly, happy child, but she said she had reservations about Gannaway.
"The mom, she just seemed mad all the time. All the time," she said. "I don't understand what a child could even do to make you want to do that, or anything to them. I don't get it."
Cartez Liggins also lives in the same building as Gannaway, and has for the last year. He has four children of his own.
He said Gannaway acted "very hostile" towards her kids.
"You could see the dad. He really cared. But the mom, she was ... angry all the time," Liggins explained. "But the dad, like I said, he was a great dude. Never showed any negativity, aggression, anything."
As as father himself, Liggins said he was shocked by the alleged abuse.
"I have three daughters, three daughters and a son," he said. "It makes no difference, a kid is a kid, but girls ... it makes it that much worse."