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Police: Bellingham woman hit 5-year-old in the head with a hammer

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A 26-year-old Bellingham woman was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for allegations she hit a 5-year-old child in the head with a hammer.

Hanna Leah Moen, 26, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault of a child.

On Feb. 10, Bellingham Police officers were called to the emergency room at St. Joseph hospital on a report of a 5-year-old boy who had a two-inch laceration on the back of his head.

The boy was being cared for by Moen from around 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. that day, the boy’s father – who was at work – told officers, according to Whatcom County Superior Court papers filed in the case.

Charging papers indicated that when the boy’s father got home from work, he found the 5-year-old lying in a bed with a cold compress and blood on his head, so he took the boy to the hospital.

There, the boy told his father Moen hit him, according to court papers.

The boy was treated for a concussion and received five stitches to close the laceration on his head, court records indicated.

The boy told investigators Moen became upset while watching him because “everything was annoying her,” and that Moen hit him on the head with her hand first, and then a hammer, according to the charges.

The boy told police there was blood on his face and in his hair, and he got under the blankets because he was scared. He told investigators the blood got on the floor and his Spider-Man blanket, according to court documents.

The boy said Moen cleaned up the blood with a washcloth and put the bloody blanket in the laundry room, and later told him she was sorry.

Police found a small metal hammer in a drawer at the home in the 2800 block of West Maplewood Avenue, as well as the Spider-Man blanket.

The boy had told Child Protective Services Moen hit him in the head with a closed fist in the past, according to court papers.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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