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Henderson Co. Child Abuse Investigation

A young Henderson County couple is being investigated after their baby girl is found with multiple injuries. The 3 month-old is now in foster care. The baby's parents visited their daughter today and spoke exclusively with News 13's Mike Mason.
The Sheriff's Office is basically on stand-by, waiting for D.S.S. investigators to tell them if criminal charges should be filed. After the young couple finished visiting their little girl at a foster home, they talked about the investigation.

The mother, 18 year-old Makayla says, "there hasn't been any child abuse, she just got really fussy and we're trying to figure out what's wrong and that's what they told us." The father is 21 year-old, Tony. Both say they never hurt their little girl.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office tells News 13 the girl was taken to a doctor two weeks ago, when they first discovered she had hemorrhaging behind her eyes. Officials say the hemorrhage could have been caused by a virus, but two weeks later, the baby was found with a bone fracture. She was sent to Mission Hospital, her diagnosis listed as a "non-accidental trauma."

The hospital's discharge paperwork says the baby had a sub-acute left tibial fracture. The paper also said she had a possible bilateral ulnar fracture. The ulnar nerve runs down the arm between the wrist and elbow.

Makayla says, "we thought she was just teething, that's what we thought was going on. She got really drooly so we were trying to figure out what was going on."

Both parents say as children themselves, they grew up around charges of abuse. Now, the fate of this little girl could also be decided by D.S.S.

The parents say on January 7th, D.S.S. will finish examining X-rays and they'll conduct a full body scan on the girl. They hope to have her back at that time, but right now their visits are strictly supervised. At this point, the Sheriff's Office is cooperating with D.S.S. and will step in only if it looks like criminal charges will be filed.

News 13 met with D.S.S. today and they confirm this is an on-going criminal investigation, and they can't comment.


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