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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