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Mother charged in beating of 2-month old infant

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A 2-month-old baby boy will likely suffer for the rest of his life after police say he was beaten severely by his own mother.

The damage to his little body is extensive and includes a whole list of injuries.

27-year-old Crystal Jackson is now charged with injury to a child.

Jackson is accused of severely hurting her 2-month-old baby boy at their Southeast Houston apartment.

"The baby has severe head trauma. He had a skull fracture, some bleeding of the brain and also some old rib fractures," explains Estella Olguin with Harris County Child Protective Services.

We caught up with the baby's father at the apartment where a sign reading "God Bless Our Home" hangs out front.

He says he has known Jackson for some time and did not believe she would ever do anything like she's accused of.

According to investigators, the father was at work when Jackson allegedly hurt the baby.

CPS says a doctor that examined the baby is predicting the infant will have permanent brain damage.

"A baby's brain is very fragile and at that age they don't have the neck muscles, just shaking the baby can cause severe injuries, if not death," says Olguin.

Olguin says parents who abuse or even kill their children later reveal this to investigators.

"They tell us primarily it's because the baby was crying and would not stop crying and they didn't know what else to do."

Olguin is encouraging parents who find they don't know how to stop their baby from crying to simply try the basics such as feeding, changing and comforting the baby and if you start to feel frustrated or angry "put them (the baby) somewhere safe, maybe back in their crib. take a breather, walk away before you do something you'll regret for the rest of your life," says Olguin.

The 2-month-old is now out of ICU and out of critical condition.

Doctors expect the baby to have to endure years of medical treatment, rehabilitation and challenges.

Once the infant is released from the hospital he will go into a foster home.

According to the probable cause document Crystal Jackson told investigators the baby fell off the bed, which is a mattress and boxspring that sits right on the floor.

Detectives say Jackson says after the fall she was simply walking with the 2-month-old on her hip and hit his head on the edge of the door frame two to three times. T

he doctor that examined the infant says that story and the injuries just don't match up.

Someone found guilty of injury to a child faces up to 20 years in prison.

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