Foster mom ‘tortured toddler to death, then blamed his injuries on self-harm’ – The SunMay 20, 2020
A FOSTER mom brutally tortured a toddler to death before blaming the injuries on self-harm, police have said.
The nurse, from Barnesville, Minnesota, said the 18-month-old suffered from a seizure, as his family paid tribute to the "special little boy”.
Kellie Jo Anderson, 35, rushed toddler Henry Anderson to hospital last month with bruises across his body and head, and with a cut to the inside of his lip and genitals.
The foster mom claimed that Henry, who she is related to, “threw himself several times from the bath to the toilet” on the night before his hospital admission, and said he likely suffered a seizure as a result.
Officers have now arrested the woman and allege that she tortured Henry to death.
When the toddler was admitted to hospital, suspicious medics told police that his injuries were not consistent with Ms Anderson’s story.
According to Minnesota’s Pioneer Press, Henry was “blue and lifeless with bruising to the face and head”, when he arrived at the Sanford Medical Center.
Ms Anderson’s husband, Kyle, disputed her claims, saying the toddler had never suffered any seizures.
Mr Anderson has not been charged with any crime.
Henry was a vibrant boy, full of life and he had a smile that lit up a room.
The young boy’s body temperature showed that he had been dead for 40 minutes before arriving at the hospital.
An autopsy later determined that the cause of his death was asphyxiation from blunt-force trauma, and the medical examiner ruled that he was a homicide victim.
Ms Anderson has been held without bail on murder charges, and the State has suspended the Anderson’s foster care license.
Earlier this month, Henry’s family started a GoFundMe page to buy playground equipment in his memory, and said he “touched so many hearts”.
They wrote: “Henry was a vibrant boy, full of life and he had a smile that lit up a room.
“Henry spent a lot of time with his Grandma Kayla who loved him so much.
“Henry was a sweet and happy little boy who touched so many hearts.”
They added that their world had been “shattered”.
The family wrote: “This fundraiser means a lot to our family and Grandma Kayla. Henry was a special little boy and his extended family were a big part of his life.
“We are so saddened that this could have happened to our little Henry.
“Our world has been shattered, our little Henry will be so missed.”
The fundraiser has reached $4,910 of its $7,500 target.
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