The mother of a 6-week-old baby girl hospitalized last week for brain injuries allegedly caused by the infant’s father is now also facing a Class X felony charge, and has also had her bail increased to half-a-million dollars.
A judge initially charged 20-year-old Margaret Overstreet with misdemeanor child endangerment and her bail was set at $10,000. However, prosecutors on Friday reviewed the case and elevated the charge against the mother to the same charge filed against the father, which is aggravated battery of a child under the age of 13, resulting in permanent injury. That is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
The baby’s father, 21-year-old Blake Cook, was already charged with the Class X felony, for allegedly punching the baby repeatedly in the face when she was crying.
When the child was finally taken to the hospital after her parents were arrested, she was found to have a brain bleed and was transported to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, where she is reportedly in stable condition.