A Tennessee mother-of-two was been arrested in connection to the brutal rape of her 16-month-old son. Police say the baby was raped by his own father earlier this month.
Danielle Bowen, 22, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with multiple counts of child neglect and failure to seek medical attention for her severely injured son.
One day earlier, her babys father Simon Dean Porter, 33, was arrested in Alabama and charged with child rape.
The station quotes from the affidavit saying, “… Porter did knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully penetrate his 16-month-old son. This unlawful penetration caused severe and possibly permanent damage to… the child.” Neither Porter or Bowen had custody of the child when the incident occurred. Porter is the child’s biological father. The couple also has a daughter together.
According to the local District Attorney, Brent Cooper, Danielle is being charged because she never took the baby to the hospital. Authorities found out about the baby's condition when a caretaker sought medical treatment for him two to three days after the sexual assault.
At the time of his arrest, Porter had been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list. It was doctors at Vanderbilt Medical Center who alerted authorities to the injuries suffered by the 16-month-old child, reports the Tennessean. Authorities said Porter fled the area after a brief interview with officers.
Simon is now being held at the Lawrence County Jail in Tennessee on $100,000 bond.