Charges: 10-Day-Old Baby Had 2 Black Eyes

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — A South St. Paul mother is accused of abusing her 10-day-old son after he was brought to the emergency room with two black eyes.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Dakota County, 30-year-old Jennifer Ann Pickar went to a St. Paul emergency room on New Year’s Day seeking treatment for tremors.

While she was waiting, a nurse noticed the child had two black eyes and suggested treatment at Children’s Hospital.

Closer examination revealed bruising, bone fractures and bleeding in the front and back of his brain, according to the complaint.

Doctors intubated the child due to deteriorating condition and surgically inserted a shunt into the child’s brain to reduce swelling.

The complaint says the child is expected to face potential deficits because of the injuries, which doctors said are consistent with multiple impacts to the face.

Pickar told authorities that she had fallen asleep with the child in her bed the night before. She said she did not remember doing anything that would’ve injured her son.

A few days later, she told police she had a history of seizures and believed both she and the child must have struck the metal crib next to her bed that evening. Investigators noted bruises on Pickar’s face and arm that had not been visible during their earlier interrogation.

Pickar, who the criminal complaint says is 6 feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, couldn’t explain why she thought it would be safe to sleep in the same bed with her infant son given her history of seizures. She said she was on a medication she thought would lower her “seizure threshold.”

The criminal complaint also says the defendant told her mother first that she had a seizure and dropped the child, and later said she rolled around in bed during a seizure and hit her son.

Pickar faces to felony counts of child neglect and child endangerment resulting in substantial bodily harm.

  • Valerie Knosalla

    I was thinking the same thing. Hope this child is given to a family who will love it…the mother sure didnt.

    • Paula

      If the baby survives!

    • Tom

      @ DEEP and Valerie

      Someone was desperate! And this should prove just because you can have a child doesn’t mean you should.

  • This must be Kevin

    Seeing the picture and knowing she’s 6′ and 230lbs is enough for me to punch myself for thinking about it.

    • Kevin Vongruber

      Ist das nicht die Vielfalt grand?

      • willow


  • fitswell

    they need to fix her so she can’t have anymore,

    • Tom

      @ fitswell

      I agree with that!

      • Ace

        I agree too but the religious right don’t believe in birth control. I wonder what they’d say about this>

        • WIshSheAbortedYou

          So sad that your mother didn’t believe in abortion. You wouldn’t be here to comment. Better thank your Pro-Life mother. Or did she wish you were never born and couldn’t get an abortion because there were no free clinics?

        • friedpotstoes

          Ace – so misguided by your haate and ignorance. I too and Christian Conservative and I have no problems with birth control. Better they use birth control than do this to their children. Please try to get to know some of us a little bit and stop listening to the lefties tell you what we think and feel.

        • friedpotstoes

          Ace – so misguided by your haate and ignorance. I too am Christian Conservative and I have no problems with birth control. Better they use birth control than do this to their children. I;d even go as far to say she needed to be sterilized. Please try to get to know some of us a little bit and stop listening to the lefties tell you what we think and feel.

        • notsofast

          I’m ‘religious right’ and I have no problem regarding birth control…unless by that you mean aborting a viable child…aren’t you lucky you made it through 9 months….

  • Tom

    @ DEEP

    Someone was desperate!

    • Murph

      Tom,rumor has it that the father is Brodkorb’s blinder brother!

    • Guns-n-Roses

      She’s been dancing with Mr. Brownstone.

  • Smoe

    I have to buy a license to fish. Any two morons are permitted to have kids. The state will give the child back and we will pay for it.

    • mom

      you are so right that is what is wrong with dcf and why this will continue to happen. Until our govt figures out just because you can have sex and are lucky enough to get pregnant doesn’t mean you are capable of taking care of one. DCF and the state need to wake up and realize that dna and biology doesn’t make one a parent. Give this child to someone that will take care of it and keep it safe and make her get fixed so she can’t harm another child

      • Kat

        So…you now want the government to tell you that you can have kids?

        • Crazy Joe

          I don’t care who breeds as long as I don’t have to pay for it

        • Helmut

          @kat…no, I want the government to tell you that you can have kids. Big difference.

          • Smoe


  • Bpath

    Looks like shes missing a lot of teeth. Meth mouth anyone?

  • julie

    Ummm. You people are jerks. The poor thing obviously was in need of support. Yes, she’s 6′ tall, but gave birth only 10 days earlier. Obviously at her wits-end & most likely didn’t have anyone to help or support her during those early days. Where are all those pro-lifers parading from the Cathedral to the Capitol? Maybe they could lend a hand, ear or emotional support to those who buy into their dogma and have babies when they’re not in the position to do so.

    • Schae

      @julie and @Ruth From another article on the same story: “Pickar’s criminal history includes felony assault in 2011, two counts of misdemeanor assault in 2011, and felony theft and drug possession in 2008, according to state records.” If you read the article, what she said to authorities CHANGED. She obviously did something to that baby for that baby to have that severe of injuries.

    • friedpotatoes

      JULIE- so blinded by hatred and ignorance. You know nothing about what prolife stands for.

    • jenna

      there are plenty of places that she can get help like the hospital, her story keeps changing which means she knows what she was doing therefore she deserves to be judged and called all that she is being called….Stupid is as stupid does

    • Ruth

      No one is going to look beautiful in a police photo, especially when they have been arrested and charged with the crime of child abuse. Seizures are something no one asks to have. Her mistake was taking the child in bed with her and for trusting her medication to keep her seizure free. It makes me very sad to read all these judgmental responses. It is easy to sit there and write all these terrible things while living in a young, healthy, perfect body. All humans are not that fortunate. Be thankful, and ask what you can do to help those who are not a fortunate as you are.

      • em0886

        I think it’s too early for any speculation to be made; I think by the looks of her she is not in the right state of mind to care for herself…let alone a baby. I personally don’t buy her story…given her size though it is a slight possibility that this happened the way she says….oh wait..she changed her story twice..but I am sure she’s not to is everyone else’s responsbility to help her, support her and make sure the child she chose to have is safe. What happened to being responsible for yourself and the choices you make??

      • whocares

        For me is if they can’t help themselves why should we put a effort in. Anyone with brains who have this condition would not put the baby next to them. The story she has told also has changed so who knows what she is saying now is even true.

      • hunnybear18

        Probably more likely she was withdrawing from something, hence the seizures. Probably had it in her blood when she had the baby.

      • mom, rn

        No one is saying she’s a bad mom for having a seizure disorder. She’s a bad mom for having her newborn in bed with her while having a seizure disorder, not getting treatment for her newborn who had obvious injuries (instead seeking treatment for herself only), and then lying about what happened to police and doctors.

    • Smoe

      You are incredibly naive.

    • Pro-Choice Momma

      Damn straight. They’re the ones who are preaching all life is scared, no abortion– and yet, when some people reproduce, and NEED help and support, the pro-lifers are nowhere to be found.

      • Pro LIFE mamma

        Pro choice momma, who runs the crisis pregnancy center in your town? Who provides emergency housing for pregnant moms and newborns at no cost to them? The Pro-lifers. I’ve worked with several such organizations. If you can’t ‘find’ them, you simply aren’t looking very hard.

  • Jeremy Johnson

    Really? With all the poeple who want children and can not have them, this one is allowed to breed?

  • shamoo

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  • Rocky

    any judge that orders that child returned to that “football linewoman” mon…should be charged with murder, because that baby will be dead meat….

  • @ruth

    Your assuming her story about what happened is fact…..Well it most likely is not… she is a wacko and beat the kid, wise up you dumy…….

  • Marcus Bachmanns

    she’s hot

  • PinkPony

    She deserves two black eyes in jail. I can’t stand it when people bring children into this world and abuse them. Do you know how many people can’t have their own chidlren and are wait lists for adoption agencies? I hope she never sees that little boy again and she rots behind bars thinking about what she did, because we all know she is lying about the seizures…

  • Shakopee

    That baby was shook & hit…that’s all there is to this awful crime. Give the baby up for adoption if you don’t want it. Now that poor child – who didn’t ask to be brought into this world – will have to live life being “jacked-up” by that abusive person. Any normal loving mother would never ever bring harm to their baby. She is lying.

  • v

    this is sooooo of Craigslist’s casual encounters…. it is too show that guys will sleep to whoever and whatever that breaths

  • Keep Pushin' On

    Why are all the pretty ones also the dangerous type……I think I could tame her

  • Jay

    Paper bags work great!! Most guys would rather chew off their arm before touching cyote ugly.

  • I'm kidding...relax.

    I’d hit it…

  • Ralph McMgoo

    You just can’t love everybody, some people just need to be removed from the gene pool or we all die, pretty simple, Darwins law works if you let it. Natural selection has to be left alone to do it’s thing

  • Huber Vongruber

    Diese Frau hat ein Gesicht, das eine Uhr stoppen wird, sollte sie aus dem Genpool schon längst entfernt.

    • Stöber ist wieder eingewandert in Deutschland

      Ich habe heute Abend etwas gelernt (ich lebe seit 20 Monaten in Berlin) mit deiner Phrase über die Uhr.. Ja, sie ist hässlich. Hast du es bermerkt, dass sie überhaupt keine Zähne mehr hat? Ihr Kinn geht tief in die Oberlippe hinein. Ich würde (und ich meine es) gerne Ihr eine Überräschung geben (du kannst dir wahrscheinlich vorstellen was ich meinte). Tja, sie ist eine Art Krebs der Gesellschaft.

    • Ace

      he winyan nina sida

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    • Ace

      esa mujer debe ir al carajo

  • Paula

    This is just sick, hopefully she doesn’t end up in some liberal judges chamber. How about an eye for an eye!

  • bob

    She sorta looks like Amy Senser????

  • What !

    Someone needs to give her 2 black eyes and she should never be around kids again and have them taken away from her.

  • come on

    I do not believe her stories at all come on an excuse cuz shes in trouble now. Take the child away from her for good. Hope he makes it how sad for the baby.

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