Moline woman accused of twisting, bending, breaking infant's legs

Posted Online: July 29, 2013, 5:10 pm
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By Rachel Warmke,
A Moline woman accused of breaking an infant's legs faces a Class X felony charge of aggravated battery of a child.

Dorothy A. Varallo-Specken, 22, 5403 3rd Ave., is accused of causing great harm to a 1-year-old when she "twisted and bent (the infant's) legs in such a way that the legs were broken," Rock Island County charges say.

Moline police issued an arrest warrant on Friday, and she was not yet in custody as of Monday afternoon, officials said. A spokesman for the police department could not be reached for further details.

A court order forbids Ms. Varallo-Specken from having any contact with the infant. If convicted, the Class X felony charge carries a possible penalty of six to 30 years in prison.


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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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