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Woman, 23, admits child neglect count

A 23-year-old Fort Wayne woman pleaded guilty Monday in Allen Superior Court to neglecting her son.

Holly Brooks, also known as Holly Fedock, of the 2100 block of Olladale Drive, was arrested in February, along with 40-year-old Amilcar Estrada, of the 700 block of Union Street.

Both were charged with neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury, a Class B felony, after Brooks’ son, then 2, was taken to an area hospital in critical condition and while having a seizure.

Doctors found numerous injuries, including bruises all over his body, contact burns on his face and leg, and three brain hemorrhages, according to court documents.

Brooks gave doctors several different explanations for the child’s many injuries, but both she and Estrada were the only ones to have had contact with the boy for several weeks, according to court documents.

Brooks faces between six to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced next month. Estrada will stand trial in March.

rgreen@jg.net

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