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September 27, 2013

Parents arrested in case of abused PA infant

PORT ARTHUR — The Port Arthur Police Department arrested two suspects in the case of a severely abused Port Arthur infant on Friday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by Deputy Chief Raymond Clark, the parents of 10-week-old Faith Mason, Christine Johnson and Darrell Mason, were taken into custody to the Port Arthur Police Department, where they were charged with injury to a child. Both suspects were then transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

Baby Faith, born July 13, is suffering from two broken legs, two broken arms, a dislocated shoulder, 19 fractures, severe head trauma and brain damage. Relatives brought her to Christus Hospital — St. Mary for treatment on Aug. 18, where she was shortly transported to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Johnson, 20, has been charged with a first-degree felony. If convicted, she could face life in prison. Her bond is set at $250,000.

Mason, 17, has been charged with a second-degree felony, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. His bond is set at $200,000. The reason for the difference, Sgt. Scott Gaspard said, is that Johnson was more directly responsible for the infant’s injuries.

“The dad’s is more by omission,” he said.

As of Sept. 13, Baby Faith remained in a full body cast, but was breathing on her own and listed in stable but serious condition. The extent of her recovery is still unknown at this time.

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