When toddler Paisley Hudson arrived with her mother at the hospital in Anderson, Indiana, on Saturday morning, the little girl was unresponsive but it was unclear exactly what had happened to her.
Hours later, Paisley died. At 23 months old, she was just shy of her second birthday.
It wasn’t until after her autopsy that doctors learned Paisley had suffered a fractured skull, internal bleeding and bruises almost beyond counting — all signs of severe physical abuse.
“I’ve never seen injuries like this on an infant before,” Marian Dunnichay, the county medical examiner, tells PEOPLE. “There are no words.”
While authorities still aren’t sure how Paisley was injured, police believe her 25-year-old mother, Kayla Hudson, and Hudson’s boyfriend, Ryan Ramirez, are responsible for her death.
Hudson and Ramirez, 29, were taken into custody on Saturday on suspicion of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a felony, an Anderson Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
Prosecutors have been given a 72-hour extension before formally filing charges and police say additional counts are possible.
Speaking from jail, in an interview on Wednesday with local TV station WXIN, Hudson suggested that Ramirez was to blame for the abuse: “Don’t believe the words somebody tells you.