BEAVER (KDKA) — The Ohio woman charged after a toddler fell from a third-story window in Beaver County last month will stand trial.
According to the criminal complaint, 27-year-old Terra Hill is accused of grabbing 23-month-old Alizae Mosconi by the arm and holding her outside of a window.
Hill is facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Beth Newman, the child’s mother, was shaken up after the court hearing.
New Brighton Police Sgt. Arthur Shidemantle described in court finding Newman cradling her baby.
They were visiting family at the Brightwood Manor Housing Complex in New Brighton on the evening of Aug. 25.
Investigators said that Hill was apparently upset that the little girl had hit her in the face with a ball while they stood in a hallway outside the apartment.
The child fell three stories and was critically injured.
Shidemantle said Hill closed the window and went back into the apartment as if nothing happened.
A doctor from Children’s Hospital said the child had a fractured skull, fractured facial bones, extensive bruising, swelling and scrapes, in addition to two broken arms and a lacerated spleen.
“She’s improving – starting to talk, eat soft foods,” Newman told reporters. “She’s doing really, really good.”
“She’s a strong little girl,” Robert Newman, the child’s grandfather, said. “All we can hope for is she comes out of it.”
The child will need more surgery and suffered a seizure. Doctors are hopeful she will be home in time for her second birthday on Sept. 15.