Woman Arrested after Admitting to Causing Severe Brain Injury to Little Girl

By: WSAZ News Staff
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother has been arrested, accused of causing a brain injury to a 3-year-old child whom she is a guardian over.

Veronica Jacquelyn Sorgman, 28, of Charleston, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon for child abuse resulting in or creating the risk of injury.

"Hopefully the prosecution of this woman will make the little girl safer," Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said.

According to the criminal complaint, Sorgman lives with the child's father. Investigators say that she watches the 3-year old, along with two of her children daily, making her a guardian.

Investigators say on Tuesday, Sorgman admitted that she did not feel well, and got mad at her 4-year old, and the 3-year old after the children drank her drink. She said she put them in time-out.

Sorgman says she took medicine, but it made her sick. When she returned from the restroom, the 3-year old had dirtied her diaper.

According to the complaint, Sorgman began changing the child's diaper, and told her she should have told Sorgman she had to use the restroom.

She is then accused of smacking the child's bare bottom, and told her she would be put in time-out.

Investigators say the child rolled to her right while getting her diaper changed. At that time, they say Sorgman picked up the little girl, and rolled her to her left, slamming her head onto the floor.

According to the criminal complaint, the child received a subdural hematoma, a severe brain injury, which was confirmed at Women and Children's Hospital.

Sorgman told investigators the child did not respond when this happened, and once she changed the little girl's diaper and tried to stand her up, the little girl went limp and her eyes were glazed over.

Sorgman is accused of shaking the child, trying to get her to respond.

Sorgman told investigators she took the little girl to the dining room, and tried to get her to drink water. At that time, she says she was leaning on the table and the table flipped over. Sorgman said she lost her footing and let go of the child and the girl fell and hit her head again.

Investigators say the little girl then had seizure-like symptoms.

According to investigators, Sorgman called the grandmother for advice, then called 911. They say she neglected to tell medics, family or the hospital staff what happened. Investigators say it was several hours later before she finally admitted the chain of events to police.

Investigators say the little girl is undergoing several tests, but does have a subdural hematoma to her brain. There are also several bruises on the little girl's face and body. They are still trying to determine what other possible injuries the little girl may have.

Tonya Alexander is Sorgman's neighbor. She has a little boy of her own and understands being a parent can be frustrating, but she says these actions are inexcusable.

"You just take time out,” Alexander said. “You walk in another room, you can count to ten. It's frustrating being a parent, but you just have to take time out. You never put your hand on children in frustration at all."

Sorgman was arraigned late Thursday afternoon. Her bond was set at $100,000.

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