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A woman Mandan police say is responsible for fracturing her infant daughter's leg has been charged in South Central District Court.

Celia Rose Schoepp was charged Friday in Morton County with two counts of felony child abuse. One count carries a potential 10-year sentence while the other count carries up to five years.

Schoepp, who is in custody at Morton County Correctional Center, appeared before Judge Gail Hagerty on Monday.

According to an affidavit signed by Mandan Police Lt. Lori Flaten, Schoepp brought her 9-month-old infant to a scheduled appointment at a CHI-St. Alexius clinic on April 28.

Clinic staff immediately noticed that the infant's left leg was swollen and appeared shorter than the right one. In addition, the child had a bruise on the left side of her forehead.

The infant was transported to the hospital where, after multiple scans, doctors found the infant had a spiral fracture in her left leg. Flaten wrote that doctors told her the bone was broken by "a twisting type motion."

The child later underwent surgery to repair her leg. 

In a police interview, Schoepp said she had not left the child alone with anyone else. She also said the child received the forehead bruise when she fell and hit the floor while attempting to walk.

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(Reach Andrew Sheeler at 701-250-8225 or andrew.sheeler@bismarcktribune.com.)

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