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Midland mother accused of injuring her 15-month-old child

Jamie Petronella and John Lawrence (Source: Blanco Police) Jamie Petronella and John Lawrence (Source: Blanco Police)
BLANCO, TX (KWES) -

A Midland mother is behind bars charged with injuring her 15-month-old child little girl.

Jamie Petronella, 23, and her boyfriend, John Lawrence, 24, were arrested in Blanco, Texas.

Back on May 3, Petronella called emergency services to report that her child was unresponsive and not breathing.

When police arrived to her apartment in Blanco, Texas, they found her boyfriend giving the infant CPR but noticed large bruising on the child's face.

Petronella and her boyfriend gave conflicting stories about how the bruising happened and a medical examination later found the child had suffered head trauma, a spinal injury and even showed signs of a sexual assault.

The 15-month old died Thursday morning.

The mother and her boyfriend are now charged with injury to a child, but there is a possibility of more charges because the child died.

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