A Fort Pierce woman was being held without bond at the St. Lucie County Jail on Wednesday after allegedly becoming angry and throwing her 8-month-old-son onto a stretcher at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.
Brittany Demicka Cobb, 22, was charged with cruelty to a child that could result in injury, cruelty to a child — abuse without great harm, and giving a police officer a false name, according to a Fort Pierce Police Department arrest affidavit. She also was served with a warrant in a case involving driving without a license, records show.
The baby had fallen off a bed in the emergency room, where Cobb, another woman and several children were gathered Tuesday evening, the affidavit said. The boy started to cry and a hospital nurse asked to have him examined, but Cobb refused and said she was leaving, it said.
When nurses continued to insist the baby be examined, Cobb became angry and threw him to the stretcher from a height of about 18 inches, the affidavit said. When Cobb still refused to allow the boy to be examined, a city police officer working at the hospital told Cobb he was opening an investigation and she could not leave, it said.
The Florida Department of Children and Families was called and temporarily placed the baby with his maternal grandparents, the report said.