Charges: Babysitter breaks 3-month-old baby's legs in Bemidji

The criminal complaint says she smoked methamphetamine while babysitting.
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Bridget Renae Stately

Bridget Renae Stately

A 3-month-old baby in Bemidji suffered two broken legs as a result of being assaulted by a babysitter, according to charges filed in Beltrami County. 

According to a criminal complaint, 42-year-old Bridget Renae Stately, 42, was caught on "nanny cam" grabbing the infant's feet and twisting her ankles after becoming upset that the child wouldn't take a bottle. 

The mother came home May 28 to an "extremely upset and crying" baby. She comforted her baby with a blanket, but its cries worsened when she placed the blanket over the baby's legs. 

X-rays taken at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji revealed that both of the baby's legs were broken at the tibia. 

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Investigators then went to Stately's home, where she admitted that she has anger issues and self medicates with methamphetamine. Stately said she smoked meth on the porch while babysitting, but claimed she "blacked out" from the drug and didn't remember assaulting the baby.  

She's been charged with third-degree assault causing great bodily harm and child endangerment, both of which are felonies. 

Stately past criminal history include charges of disorderly conduct, domestic assault and obstructing the legal process, the criminal complaint notes. 

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