A 24-year-old Buffalo woman was charged with first-degree assault Friday afternoon after her 4-year-old son, who was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital after suffering a seizure, was also found to have “injuries consistent with ongoing abuse,” Buffalo police said.
The incident began when someone called 911 just before 2:30 p.m. Friday to report a child having a seizure in a bathtub at the family’s house on Rich Street, in the Kensington-Genesee area. The boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital. When Buffalo Police arrived at the hospital to check on him, a doctor there said that administrators planned to call Child Protective Services because medical personnel had found bruises on the boy’s arms, legs, chest and back, as well as head injuries, and were suspicious that the seizure had been caused by the boy being immersed in water in the tub.
Police interviewed the boy’s mother, whom they identified as Honor Stevens, 24, of the Rich Street address, then charged her with first-degree assault.