A California mother was arrested for shaking her 8-month-old son so hard that he suffered paralysis and extensive brain damage. Heather Fowler’s eight-month-old son will likely die from his injuries.
According to a press release by Lucerne Valley Police, authorities found an unresponsive baby inside of Fowler’s home on June 30. Due to the severity of the infant’s injuries, first responders air-lifted him to a local hospital.
When the baby arrived at the hospital, doctors performed multiple exams and scans on his brain. A forensic pediatrician found that the boy had no brain activity, severe brain swelling, and retinal hemorrhaging. Doctors determined the injuries were consistent with child abuse related to shaking. Medical staff admitted the baby into the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, and doctors do not expect him to survive.
After doctors determined the baby’s injuries, police questioned his mother, Heather Fowler. Following the interview, authorities arrested her on July 30, 2019. Initially, police booked Fowler on charges of willful cruelty to a child.
On July 2, Victorville District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Fowler for felony child abuse causing paralysis. A judge set her bail at $100,000.00.
Because the investigation is ongoing, police are urging anyone with tips to contact them. Lucerne Valley Police wrote,
“Anyone with information is urged to contact the Specialized Investigation Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, Detective Brian Arias (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or www.wetip.com.”
According to Heather Fowler’s Facebook page, she is a mother to other children. Photos from 2016 show that she gave birth to a baby boy. There are no details regarding the custody status of her other children.
For now, Fowler is sitting behind bars. Sadly, when her son passes away from his injuries, prosecutors will upgrade her charges to murder.