Houston woman accused of severely beating 2-month-old son

Doctors say child will need extensive rehab, therapy

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Crystal Jackson

HOUSTON - A southeast Houston mother is accused of beating her 2-month-old son so badly that he might have permanent brain damage.

Houston police said the child suffered from serious bodily injury while in Crystal Renee Jackson's care.

The little boy was taken to Texas Children's Hospital pediatric intensive care unit on March 20.

Doctors said the child suffered skull fractures, bleeding over the brain, rib fractures and swelling of the brain. His condition was critical.

According to Houston police, the child's father said he left his son with Jackson at home when he left for work. He told police his son was acting normal.

Later, the father received a call from Jackson saying that the little boy had fallen out of bed and was acting strange. Jackson told police the baby fell out of bed while she went to the restroom.

Jackson also told police while holding the baby on her hip, his head hit the edge of the door frame several times. Doctors told police the injuries are not consistent with Jackson's explanation.

Doctors said the child will have a very challenging first four years of life and will need extensive rehab and therapy. Doctors said it is likely he will suffer permanent brain damage.

Jackson is charged with injury to a child.

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