Sarah Ballaro, 27, of Dixon has been charged with two counts related to the abuse or neglect of a child.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman has filed one count of class B felony Abuse or Neglect of a Child and one count of class B felony Endangering the Welfare of a child against Ballaro. Both charges carry the potential sentence of between five and 15 years.

According to the probable cause statement, Pulaski County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) was notified of the alleged child abuse case after a doctor's report that an infant, "age one month at the time of this incident," "suffered several fractures to legs and arms, broken ribs, and including a skull fracture."

The investigating officer noted in the probable cause statement that the doctor wrote in the report, "These findings indicate child maltreatment, physical abuse type" and that the infant is allegedly "at risk of further serious injury or death if allowed to return to the environment in which these injuries occurred."

According to the probable cause statement, Ballaro allegedly told the investigating officer that an injury to the infant's arm "had to have occurred during the time" she was giving him a shower.

"She informed me she believed it happened while she was applying soap" on the infant's "left arm in a circular manor," the investigating officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

The investigating officer reported in the probable cause statement that Ballaro allegedly told him that "she had taken her medicine and was extremely tired" and had fallen asleep with the infant in her arms.

According to the charging document, Ballero allegedly told the investigating officer that "she may have dropped" the infant causing the injuries.

Ballero is being held on a $50,000 cash or surety bond and is has been scheduled for a hearing on March 6 at 9 a.m.