Adoptive Mother Accused Of Child Abuse

Date: 2005-11-18

Couple Adopted Baby From Great Wall Of China Agency

A Rochester Hills woman has been arrested on suspicion of arrest for abusing her adopted daughter and causing the child to have severe brain damage, according to police.

The Oakland County Sheriff's office said that in the morning hours on Oct. 28, 14-month old Kaitlyn Brosch suffered severe brain damage at her home in Rochester Hills.

On Nov. 15, Kaitlyn's mother, Tracey Brosch, was charged with first-degree child abuse. Brosch, 43, and her husband, who police did not identify, adopted Kaitlyn in June of 2005 through the Great Wall of China adoption agency, based in Austin, Texas.

The couple traveled to China to adopt Kaitlyn, according to police.

They have no other children. Brosch was alone with Kaitlyn in their home when the incident occurred, according to a release from the Oakland County Sheriff. Brosch took the infant to a local doctor and said the infant was having difficulty breathing and that she was unable to awaken her.

The doctor began life-saving procedures and called for emergency medical transport. Kaitlyn was transported to Crittenton Hospital, then to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital, where she was taken to surgery to relieve pressure on her brain.

Kaitlyn suffered the effects of a "shaken baby." She has severe brain damage, is blind, almost totally paralyzed, and suffers seizures. On Nov. 9, a hearing was held in Oakland County Probate Court to terminate parental rights for both Brosch and her husband.

Their rights were suspended pending a full hearing. Neither set of grandparents is willing or able to care for Kaitlyn, according to the sheriff's office.

She will be placed with a state foster home upon leaving the hospital. Brosch has been charged with one count of first-degree child abuse, a 15-year-felony by the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.

She was arraigned in Rochester Hills and bond was set at $75,000 cash, which Brosch posted Friday.

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