Utica woman accused of abusing son over a period of months

(WKTV) - A Utica woman faces seven felony charges after police say her 3-year-old son had injuries that occurred over several months, Utica Police said.

Samantha Waller, 25, of Oneida Street is charged with felony assault in the first degree and six counts of assault in the second degree.

According to officials, on Sept. 12 officers responded to St. Luke's hospital for a report of an injured child. A 3-year-old boy had been brought to the hospital by his mother for a leg injury. The emergency room physician became concerned and conducted a thorough examination.

During the exam, several injuries were found on the child and police were called. During an extensive investigation by police, the mother claimed the injuries were caused by accidents and fall. After several months, police determined the mother was responsible for the injuries, which occurred over several months.

The boy had the following injuries:

* Spiral fracture to the leg

* Lacerated liver

* Fractured hip

* Broken Ribs

* Broken collarbone

* Laceration to the face, which left a permanent scar because it was never treated

* Multiple scars to the back, which are believed to be caused by an electrical cord.

The boy, as well as the suspect's other children, were placed into foster homes immediately after the injuries were discovered.

Waller was indicted by an Oneida County Grand Jury on Dec. 20.

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