Acupuncturist in Bethlehem, PA, who was blessed in middle age with triplets after struggling to get pregnant arrested for physical abuse of her toddlers
Ann Covalt Henry is accused of beating all three infants – leaving them with broken bones, bruised faces and brain damage
Henry, 51, allegedly caused fractures, bruising and head trauma in her triplets within weeks of their birth in 2016
The triplets were born to Ann when she was 49 after she and her husband and Marcus Henry, received fertility help
However she was so stressed in the weeks after their births that she told a caregiver she contemplated suicide and wanted to “throw a baby through a plate glass window”
Marcus Henry, 32, denied knowledge of the source of their children’s severe injuries
After the children were placed in foster care, their mother visited with them last summer when another injury to a child was reported
Ann Henry was arraigned on 12 counts of aggravated assault and a single count of child endangerment
She is free on $75,000 unsecured bail
A Pennsylvania acupuncturist is facing multiple charges after allegedly abusing her infant triplets.
Ann Covalt Henry, 51, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was arraigned on 12 felony counts of aggravated assault and one count of child endangerment, authorities revealed Thursday.
The charges were the result of an investigation by Bethlehem police and a county grand jury into doctors finding a catalog of fractures, bruising and head injuries to the triplets when they were eight weeks old.
Henry gave birth to the triplets in July of 2016 at the age of 49. She and her husband Marcus Henry, 32, had received help from fertility specialists.
The pair are believed to have married in 2014.
Several doulas, who are trained caregivers who assist women during and after childbirth, visited the Henry home after the babies came home from the hospital. One doula who made three visits told the grand jury the home was dirty and smelled of cat waste.
Another doula reportedly called the mother a ‘trainwreck’ who presented symptoms of postpartum depression.
Marcus Henry [left] and Ann Henry sought fertility treatments leading to the birth of their triplets in 2016
Prosecutors said Henry injured her triplets in September 2016, when they were just eight weeks old, leaving one with a broken wrist and another with fractured ribs.
The third was said to have had a subdural hemorrhage, the result of an abusive head trauma.
The infants were placed in foster care and Henry was only allowed supervised visits for a year before she was allowed weekend visits this past summer.
In July 2018, Henry allegedly assaulted the third child with the head trauma again, Lehigh Valley Live reported.
The then 23-month-old child was said to have had a fractured tibia and petechial bruising.
Prosecutors claimed the bruising was due to lack of oxygen or blood to the brain.
Henry blamed the swelling on a restaurant’s ‘spicy eggs,’ a claim disputed by police interviewing the restaurant the family visited.
The latest incident allegedly followed Henry’s completion of parenting classes.
Regarding the children’s various injuries, Ann Henry deflected suspicion on to one of the doulas while her husband claimed to the grand jury he did not know who has been hurting the triplets.
Henry is currently out on $75,000 unsecured bail.
Authorities said the three children are in the custody of the county’s children and youth department and that as a condition of Henry’s bail, she cannot have any contact with them until the charges are resolved.