A Madison woman has been charged with a felony count of neglecting a child nearly a year after police began investigating an incident of alleged child abuse.

Kristin R. Semon, 21, faces a Level 3 felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. Prosecutors filed the charge under seal last week after police initially responded to the report of child abuse from local emergency room officials in August 2015. 

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Semon on Friday afternoon after a warrant was issued.

An investigation began when police were called to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital emergency room last year after a 3-month-old boy was brought in with injuries to his ears and eyes.

Medical tests indicated lower bones in both of the child’s arms were broken, the probable cause affidavit said.

Officers spoke to Semon who brought the child to the hospital about the injuries and advised her that hospital officials had to contact the Department of Child Services and law enforcement in any case that appeared a child had been abused.

Semon told officers the child had not been abused, but she noted the child had an ear infection for the past week.

Semon said the emergency room doctor had told her the child had to have some type of trauma to cause the issue with his ears, but she told officials she would never hurt the child or know anyone else who would have done so.

Semon said the child had been fussy because of the ear infection, but he never acted like his arms or legs hurt at any point.

After additional medical testing, hospital officials told police the broken bones in the arm appeared to have been an older break that was already healing and that the child also had retinal hemorrhages to both eyes.

Medical officials transferred the child to Kosair Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

Police spoke with Semon the next day about the injuries, the police said. Semon told police she was unaware of how the child got his injuries or who would have injured the 3-month-old boy.

Officers advised Semon that the child could not have inflicted the injuries himself, the affidavit said.

Semon also told police she would have known if someone hurt the child, and he never showed any signs of being injured.

Police also received medical reports from Kosair Children’s Hospital as part of the months-long investigation. Reports indicated fractures of the arms, legs, ribs and skull, as well as bruising to the ears, the affidavit said. 

Kosair officials noted that the serious bodily injuries appeared to be inflicted child abuse because there were no plausible explanations presented for the bruising and multiple fractures, the affidavit said. Officials also noted the extensive medical evaluation performed on the child did not identify any medical conditions that would explain the findings.

Semon appeared for an initial hearing Monday afternoon in Jefferson Circuit Court. The Court set bond at $5,000 cash only in the case.

She remains incarcerated following Monday’s hearing.