Teen accused of breaking baby’s arm, leg

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A Rome teenager has been charged with felony assault after law enforcement officials said her 7-week-old baby was brought to Rome Memorial Hospital with broken bones.

Police said the baby boy was brought to the hospital Saturday afternoon, June 20, with broken bones in both an arm and a leg.

The authorities were notified and Rome Police began an investigation into the child’s injuries, alongside county Child Protective Services.

The child was treated at both Rome Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

He has since been placed in protective custody and an order of protection has been filed on his behalf, authorities stated.

The boy’s mother — 19-year-old Kayla M. Pett, of East Thomas Street — was taken into custody at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. Pett is charged with one count of second-degree assault, a class D felony, police said.

Pett was arraigned in court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.

She is scheduled to reappear in court.

Police said the assault remains under investigation and more charges are likely once the case is presented to a grand jury.

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