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September 13, 2013

Baby Faith taken off ventilator, breathing on own

— Nine-week-old child abuse victim Faith Mason is now breathing on her own and listed in stable by serious condition.

The infant, born July 13, remains in a body cast at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Shari Pullium, media specialist with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said.

“It’s still to early to tell what her quality of life will be. The damage has already been done. We’re waiting to see how her body recovers from it,” she said.

CPS and investigators have been in constant contact with the doctors and are waiting to see what their recommendation is on where to go from here. There is not release date at this time.

CPS was granted temporary managing conservatorship over the infant following a hearing in August. Neither of the baby’s parents attended the hearing, she said.

Port Arthur Police Sgt. Scott Gaspard said a meeting with the doctors is scheduled and investigators will “see where the evidence takes us from there.”

PAPD and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office are combining effort in the investigation. Charges have not been filed at this point.

 The infant is suffering from two broken legs, two broken arms, a dislocated shoulder, 19 fractures, severe head trauma and brain damage. She was brought to Christus Hospital-St. Mary for treatment by a relative on Aug. 18 and was transported to Texas Children’s Hospital shortly after.

Gaspard described the infant’s injuries as the worst he has seen in his 24 years as a police officer.

“I’m not shocked, having seen the worst of humanity on a daily basis,” Gaspard said. “We need justice for the baby.”

Pullium said there is a lot of public interest in the child’s welfare.

“We get calls from the community all the time wanting to know what’s going on. They are really upset and want to know about this physical abuse case. Of course we can’t release any information,” she said. “She has touched everyone’s heart and people want us to know they’re praying for her and want a good outcome for her.”

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