PENDLETON — The parents of a baby girl who suffered brain damage and broken bones were charged Friday with one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

The child, born July 26 at St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, is in serious condition at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, hospital spokesman Todd Murphy said Friday.

Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney Nick Patterson said a grand jury next week will consider the state’s case against Reith residents Shelby Ann Marker, 19, and Darby Joe Scott, 29, formerly of Grant County.

“For the life of a 7-week old baby, your honor, there’s been a long history of abuse,” Patterson told Circuit Court Judge Lynn Hampton during the arraignment Friday afternoon in state court in Pendleton.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested the pair Sept. 13 after a two-week investigation about abuse of the girl, Sheriff John Trumbo said. The child’s grandfather on Sept. 10 persuaded Marker to take the girl to the hospital after her grandmother noticed a significant bruise on her head, according to information in a search warrant affidavit. A doctor there sent her to Doernbecher, where an abuse expert found the infant suffered brain damage to her frontal lobe and numerous broken bones in her legs.

Hampton set bail for Marker at $50,000, but for Scott she set it at $75,000 after Patterson pointed out Scott has prior convictions for endangering the welfare of a child.

Marker and Scott participated via video from the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.

Craig Childress, who represented Scott, said the child’s injuries are severe, but the state hasn’t shown the parents caused those injuries.

“It’s our position the state is a little premature here,” he told the judge.

Neither Marker nor Scott entered a plea. A release hearing is set for Thursday.

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