A 21-year-old Burbank woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of her 5-week-old daughter.

Elizabeth Carter is being held on $130,000 bail on charges of child abuse, which resulted in her baby dying at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Burbank police said.

Police said Carter and the baby's biological father, Matthew Wojcik, 19, brought their daughter to Children's Hospital Los Angeles in October. Hospital officials then called police telling them they were treating a five-week-old girl for multiple broken bones.

The baby also was being treated for brain swelling.

"It appeared the broken bones were a result of possible child abuse," according to a police statement.

The baby was taken off life support three weeks later, and succumbed to her injuries.

Police arrested Carter Wednesday morning and charged her with child abuse. She is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Wojcik, 19, who already had been arrested on suspicion of child abuse, was additionally charged with child abuse causing death. He is being held on $1 million bail.


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