Police say mom's, boyfriend's stories differ in case of 3-year-old's injuries
BRENTWOOD — A Somersworth mother accused of misleading Exeter police while they investigated injuries to her 3-year-old daughter allegedly provided a detective the wrong time her boyfriend left for work in the morning, according to court documents.
The statement Stephanie Woodsum, 23, allegedly gave to Exeter police led to her being charged with unsworn falsification, police said.
Prosecutors have notified a 10th Circuit Court judge that they intend to seek jail time for Woodsum — with a sentence of up to a year in county jail — if she is convicted.
Her boyfriend, Kevin Lynch, 27, of Rochester, is facing a second-degree assault charge for allegedly putting the 3-year-old in a head-lock style hold after she had wet the bed, according to police.
Lynch allegedly used the hold to carry the girl to the bathroom and back to the bedroom.
Exeter police began investigating the girl’s injuries on March 7.
Woodsum, who told police she was staying with friends in Exeter, brought her daughter to the emergency department at Exeter Hospital, police said.
Doctors called police about their suspicions that the girl had been assaulted. Woodsum allegedly told police that Lynch left for work “around 5:30 a.m. to be at work at 6 a.m.,” according to a court complaint.
That timeline contradicts Lynch’s own statement to police, court records say.
“Lynch indicated that he had woken up around 8 a.m. He said that he had started his car up and gone back inside the house,” Detective Sgt. Michael Munck said in a sworn affidavit.
When Lynch came back inside, he noticed Woodsum’s daughter had wet the bed and carried her to the bathroom to change and back to the bedroom, police said.
Hospital doctors concluded that the baby girl suffered hemorrhaging and had blood in her eyes, nose, face and chest. The girl “had indicated that ‘Kevin’ had put his hand over her mouth,” Munck said in the affidavit. Woodsum denied any knowledge of how her daughter was injured, police said. Lynch and Woodsum are free on $25,000 bail.
Lynch waived his probable cause hearing on Tuesday in 10th Circuit Court in Brentwood. Woodsum is due to be arraigned April 8.