Local mom Brittany Logsdon was recently found not guilty of child abuse after being accused of breaking her baby's leg. She opened up only to 11 news about her experience.
While Logsdon is no longer accused of abusing her child she says she still feels awful for what happened, “So hard for me because I really did feel responsible because I have my son, and his leg is broken, and I'm his mom and I don't know what happened; right off the bat I felt like a bad mom.”
A situation like Logsdon's could potentially happen to any parent but officials say you should never be afraid to take your child to the doctor because you don't want to be accused of child abuse, “We don't want parents to be afraid to report injuries to their medical provider, they need to be taken care of,” says Karen Martsolf with the Mesa County Department of Human Services.
Within the last year Logsdon’s son Deshawn's leg has healed and they recently celebrated his first birthday. Deshawn now even has a little brother and for Logsdon having a second baby while accused of child abuse wasn't easy, “They were just like, well now you have to prove that you can take care of two children when you are accused of hurting one and it was so hard for me,” says Logsdon.
Logsdon still doesn't have custody of her first son Deshawn but she is hoping that she will have him back soon and will be able to build her family again, “It makes me feel really bad but I love my son so much and now I'm here, I just want to let it go I guess and move forward.”
The District Attorney's Office says cases like this are very rare and what made this one difficult is that the child was too young to talk. So we may never known how Logsdon's baby ended up with a broken leg.
The Department of Human Services says if you are a parent that needs help with anything you can call 970-683-HELP (4357).