PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 20, 2013

Infant remains in critical condition, investigation continues

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

— A four-week-old Port Arthur child remains in critical condition with numerous injuries in what authorities call a severe case of abuse.

The infant female is suffering from two broken legs, two broken arms, a dislocated shoulder, 19 fractures and severe head trauma, Shari Pullium, media specialist with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said.

“CPS (Child Protective Services) took custody early Sunday morning due to severe physical abuse,” Pullium said. “She is to expected live but we aren’t sure about the child’s quality of life at this point.”

Port Arthur Police Department was dispatched to Christus Hospital-St. Mary at about 12:13 am. Aug. 18 in reference to a one-month-old child who came in with injuries indicative of abuse. While investigating, officers received information on possible suspects and summoned detectives with Port Arthur Major Crimes Unit to respond, according to a press release from PAPD.

Due to the child’s life-threatening injuries, the child was flown to Texas Children’s Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.

PAPD Maj. Raymond Clark said the his department is working in collaboration with CPS and the District Attorney’s office regarding the case.

“We are meeting, going through the facts and child’s injures to determine the correct charges to file in this case and provide justice be done for the baby,” Clark said.

Police expect charges to be filed some time within the next two weeks.

Pullium said the baby had both old and new fractures.

“She is a very small infant, just a month old, that has sustained horrible injuries in the few weeks she has been alive,” she said. “It’s just a tragedy.”

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