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Raleigh mom accused of breaking 16-week-old baby's ribs

Posted July 29, 2014 3:09 p.m. EDT
Updated July 29, 2014 6:10 p.m. EDT

Mary Martin Peele

— A Raleigh woman was arrested Monday on child abuse charges after police say she broke her 16-week-old boy's ribs and shoulder blades.

Mary Martin Peele, 34, of 2904 O'Kelly St., faces one count of felony intentional child abuse and one count of misdemeanor child abuse.

An arrest warrant says Martin "unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did intentionally inflict serious bodily injury" that broke 12 ribs and both scapulas on the baby.

Another warrant indicates the baby had a deep bite on its left shoulder.

Peele was initially jailed under a $250,000 bond, but during a court appearance Tuesday, a judge raised it to $400,000.

Police said the baby is out of the hospital and in custody of Wake County Child Protective Services.