Clermont County deputies: Batavia mother behind bars after child suffers severe head injury

BATAVIA, Ohio - A Batavia woman is behind bars after staff at a local hospital contacted the Clermont County Sheriff's Office concerning a severe head injury suffered by her 14-month-old son.

Medical staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital alerted the sheriff's office Wednesday after it was determined that the injuries the boy sustained were inconsistent with the story they were told by the boy's mother, Victoria Gans, 19.

Investigators determined Noah Philhower was injured while inside Gans' apartment, located at 500 University Lane in Batavia, on Tuesday, March 26. He was transported to the hospital for treatment the following day.

Gans denies being at the residence at the time Noah was injured and told investigators she doesn't know how he was injured, according to a press release from the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.

She says she left her son in the custody of two "adult associates" for approximately four hours.

Noah is currently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the hospital recovering from a skull fracture that goes from his forehead to the back of his head, according to family members.

The boy's family told 9 On Your Side Friday that doctor's told them Noah is still in "critical but stable condition" but is expected to make a "full and healthy recovery."

Noah is currently under protective custody. His father, Andrew Philhower, says he is receiving regular updates on his son's condition.

The cause of Noah's injury has not been determined.

Gans is charged with one count of child endangering. She is currently incarcerated in the Clermont County Jail on $750,000 bond.

The case remains under investigation.

Stay with 9 On Your Side and WCPO.com for updates as they become available.

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9 On Your Side reporter Lanny Brannock contributed to this report.

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