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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1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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