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Raleigh mom insists she didn't hurt 5-week-old daughter

Posted August 19

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— A Raleigh woman said Friday she was bewildered as to how her infant daughter was in the hospital fighting for her life and she was in court accused of hurting her.

"I would never, I did not hurt my child," Lauren Nicole Schmidt told District Judge Jacqueline Brewer, ignoring Brewer's advice not to speak without first consulting with an attorney.

"I don’t understand how this happened. I don’t understand how my baby is dying right now. I don’t understand what’s going on," Schmidt said.

Raleigh police on Thursday charged Schmidt, 27, of 308 Buck Jones Road, with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury after investigators were called to Rex Hospital about a possible case of shaken baby syndrome.

According to an arrest warrant, the baby had a skull fracture and bleeding on her brain, and the abuse allegedly occurred Monday.

"This could potentially become a case where the child dies and become a murder case rather than a felony child abuse case," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Matt Lively said, arguing for Brewer to increase Schmidt's bond.

Schmidt began hyperventilating in court when Lively said her daughter might die.

She said she took the baby to the hospital because she thought the baby looked yellow and might have jaundice. She said she had left the baby with others a few times, including once when friends babysat while she went on a job interview.

"She didn’t have any bruises or anything," she said. "How do I know if she’s OK or not?"

The baby's name is Grace, Schmidt said, because not only was she told she could never have children but she also was robbed at gunpoint during her pregnancy.

"This was the biggest blessing. I was just starting to get my life back together, just moved back to Raleigh to have support from friends and family," she said.

Schmidt appeared in court with her arm in a sling, and Lively said she broke her arm when she became combative at the hospital and fell off a gurney.

In his pursuit of a higher bond, Lively also noted that police have evidence that Schmidt encouraged someone to lie about the baby's injuries before she went to the hospital.

Brewer raised the bond from $500,000 to $2 million, ordered that Schmidt have a court-appointed attorney and set the next hearing in the case for Sept. 8.


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  • Larry Alston Aug 21, 9:10 a.m.
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    another news outlet is reporting a four year old boy living with his father and the father of the five week baby is "not in the picture".

  • Shannon Meredith Aug 20, 11:56 a.m.
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    I also saw nothing stating the baby didn't have a father...ALL babies have fathers, whether they are in the life or not is another story. Again, nothing pertaining to a father here...

  • Shannon Meredith Aug 20, 11:55 a.m.
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    Uh, did I miss the part in this story that says she has another child?? It's clearly written that she had said she thought this ONE baby was a blessing because she was told she could never have children...

    There are lots of questions here...I'll wait to pass judgment once all of the details have been released. It's always possible that a babysitter or another person injured the child. Or that there was a horrible accident and she freaked out and tried to cover it (dropped child?)

  • John White Aug 20, 8:39 a.m.
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    Seems strange a 5 week old and no father??? Plus she has another child??? Sounds like she makes some bad personal decisions about her life. I don't know about child abuse but at least poor life choices.

  • David Harris Aug 19, 8:17 p.m.
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    Wow. Why bother with a trial? The commenters wanna hang her high, and hang her now.

  • Mark Cooper Aug 19, 6:56 p.m.
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    You can believe me!!
    M. Nifong

  • Jim Williams Aug 19, 5:31 p.m.
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    Hmm, you guys will believe anything the Wake DA office says. That would exclude you from ever appearing on a jury, which is a good thing.

  • Clarence Hill Aug 19, 12:28 p.m.
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    Sad, sad and heartbreaking. Prayers for all.

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 19, 11:44 a.m.
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    How horrible. I hope the baby recovers, and is adopted by people who deserve to be parents. Prayers for the little one