Roaring Spring Woman Charged with Felony Case of Child Endangerment
April 2, 2020
A Roaring Spring woman is awaiting a preliminary hearing on felony charges of aggravated assault and child endangerment.
Breanne Louise Hoover, 25, of Roaring Spring, is being charged with aggravated assault to a victim less than 13, endangering the welfare of children along with other misdemeanors, stemming from injuries sustained by her 3-month-old child.
According to Roaring Spring police, on March 20, a Child Line report and a Children’s Hospital report were received by police.
The reports stated that a 3-month-old baby girl had bruising on the right side of her chin and severe swelling and bruising on the left side of her head. A scan of the infant’s head showed a large fracture on the left side of her head.
According to police reports, the fracture was large and pronounced in the scan. Because the injuries were consistent with signs of child abuse, it was decided to go to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh to interview the parents.
A private meeting with the doctor, the officer, Blair County Detective Randy Feathers and Children Youth and Families was held in a private room.
Breanne offered several possible scenarios to the doctor and police. According to reports shared with police by the doctor, Breanna said that while feeding the infant, she had “slammed” into her nose and a bruise appeared almost immediately.
Breanne then suggested that the injuries were a result of an incident two or three weeks prior when Breanne was removing the child from her swing and accidentally hit the baby’s head on the swing but the baby did not cry.
The doctor stated that the time-line given by both parents was not consistent with the injuries and bruising sustained by the child.
At one point during questioning, Breanne admitted, “I did it.” She then offered another scenario.
Breanne said that the child may have sustained the injury a month ago when she was sleeping with the child on top of her on the couch and the infant rolled off and on to the floor, but seemed fine. Breanne stated that the baby had rolled on a large pillow by the couch. The fall was to have been a drop of two or three feet which, according to the doctor, could not have caused such severe injuries.
Police then spoke with Gavin Hoover alone. Gavin stated that there may be something wrong with Breanne, his wife, as there have been abuse issues toward him in the past with the most recent incident occurring in the past week.
According to police, Gavin said that Breanne wanted to go out but had to wait until Gavin returned home after work and a few errands. She became upset, and an argument started. Gavin was holding the baby. The argument escalated and Breanne began to swing at Gavin with her hands while holding her cell phone. Gavin was trying to shield the baby and turned around to protect her.
Breanne hit Gavin on his head, breaking her phone. He took the baby upstairs with him and stayed with her for the entire night. He stated that he hadn’t seen anything wrong with the baby at that time but wasn’t sure if the child had been injured during the argument.
Police then spoke with Breanne. She stated that she had been “wracking her brain but could only think of a few things” that could have caused the injury to her child.
The incident of the child rolling off the couch was discussed.
When asked if there could be anything else, Breanne stated that her other child, a 5-year-old boy, may have done something while she was not in the room. Both children were on the bed and the boy had been jumping on the bed but had stopped. Breanne left the children alone in the room for about five minutes and then heard the baby crying.
When she questioned her son, Breanne stated that he was not acting like himself and said he just wanted to go to bed. She stated that she thought the 5-year-old got back on the bed and started jumping again, hurting the baby in some way.
After a few more questions, Breanne admitted that she believed the baby was hurt during the argument with her husband, Gavin.
When asked if the injuries sustained by the child could have been caused by a cell phone, the doctor did agree that it would be consistent with the damage.
Breanne Hoover is being charged with a first-degree felony of aggravated assault of a victim less than 13, a second-degree felony of endangering the welfare of children, a second-degree felony of aggravated assault of a victim less than 6, two misdemeanor charges of simple assault and one misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person.
Bail was set at $100,000 unsecured and a preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m., April 9 at the office of Magisterial District Justice Andrew L. Blattenberger.