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YOUNGSTOWN AREA Mother is accused of trying to remove infant boy's extra finger



Published: Sun, February 16, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The child's grandmother told deputies that she saw the finger tied off.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Christyanna Upole of Austintown is charged with child endangering after trying to remove an extra finger from her 1-month-old baby boy, police say.

Upole, 22, of South Meridian Road, was arraigned today on the felony charge in Mahoning County Court, Canfield. Judge Scott Hunter set bond at $8,000 cash or surety.

The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department assigned two detectives to investigate after receiving a call from the county Children Services Bureau.

Maj. Michael Budd said the infant is at Forum Health Tod Children's Hospital today, where toxicology tests were performed but not released yet to investigators.

On Thursday, Detectives Marty Marsico and Cherry Childers went to Upole's home. They found her feeding her baby, who had an extra finger protruding from his right pinky.

The detectives said the extra finger was red and cut. They called for an ambulance.

Witnesses, including the boy's grandmother, told the detectives that Upole had tried to cut the finger off by using a string. The grandmother, after noticing damage done to the finger, called CSB, detectives said.

When interviewed at the jail by detectives, Upole admitted that she tried to cut off the baby's extra finger with sewing string. She had been told by a doctor that it had to be surgically removed, reports show.

During the interview, Upole complained of feeling dizzy, and detectives called for the jail nurse. The mother was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she told detectives that she had taken a sleeping pill.




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