Felony charges filed against Brady woman for injury to a child

Sarah Luedecke, a 21-year-old Brady woman, is facing felony charges for injury to her 19- month-old son, filed early Wednesday morning in McCulloch County. Luedecke was taken into custody on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of assault/family violence after she struck her husband. Brady Police Officer Steven McDonald was dispatched to 905 South China at 11:13 a.m. Tuesday, following a complaint of a disturbance in progress. Luedecke was arrested for assault/family violence and transported to McCulloch County Jail. According to reports from the Brady Police Department, later in the day, Luedecke’s husband feared something was wrong with his children who were left in the care of a babysitter on the north side of town. After arriving at that location, officer McDonald observed the 19-month-old child and requested EMS assistance. The child was transported by ambulance to the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital and later air-lifted to Dell Childrens’ Hospital in Austin for further treatment. According to Brady Police Chief Tommy Payne, the child had sustained severe injuries to the head, torso and extremities. Already in custody on the assault/family violence charge, Luedecke was charged with first degree felony charges of injury to a child Wednesday morning. Chief Payne stated that the woman’s husband is not a suspect in the case and that he requested assistance from local authorities when he feared something was wrong. In addition to the 19-month-old child, Luedecke has an older child (not injured in the assault) and is eight-and-one-half months pregnant with her third child, according to Chief Payne. Officer McDonald was assisted in the case by Sgt. Mike Hudson and Lt. Lance Sides and Texas Ranger Matt Andrews. The children were removed from the home and are now in the custody of Child Protective Services. Luedecke remains in jail under a $75,000 bond.

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