Woman accused of assaulting 19-month-old girl

CARROLLTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – Medical staff at Women and Children’s Hospital have determined a 19-month-old girl suffered head trauma that was most likely caused by reckless shaking.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office has charged 22-year-old Jessica Courteau, of Bradford, Pennsylvania with first degree assault, first degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators say at 11 a.m. on Thursday, and ambulance was called to a home in Carrollton where a 19-month-old girl was having difficulty breathing. Bradford Regional Medical Center contacted law enforcement about the baby’s unexplained head trauma. Thursday afternoon, the baby remains at Women and Children’s Hospital in critical yet stable condition.

Deputies say Courteau is the girlfriend of the baby’s father. Deputies tell News 4 that after Courteau’s arrest, the relationship ended.

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