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10-Month-Old in Critical Condition, Deputies Say Mother is to Blame

Aiden Waller: photo courtesy of grandmother Kimberly Kellan. Aiden Waller: photo courtesy of grandmother Kimberly Kellan.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - A 10-month-old baby boy is holding on for dear life at Memorial University Medical Center and deputies have charged the child's mother with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and cruelty to a child in the 1st and 2nd Degree.

The details surrounding what exactly happened to the baby is still unclear, deputies are waiting on doctors to give the final say.

It all happened Monday at 1162 Old Louisville Road in Effingham County. According to Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, 19-year-old Tina Richards was home alone with her son. Around 3pm her neighbor saw her running in the yard holding the infant.  He ran over to help, but by then the baby was in bad shape.  In the 911 call, the neighbor tells dispatchers to hurry because the baby is about to stop breathing.  You can hear the baby gasping for air in the 911 call.

Richards told deputies she was holding her son when she slipped and fell and landed on the baby. However, Sheriff McDuffie says doctors and investigators don't believe that was the case and even found evidence inside the home to suggest otherwise.

Sheriff McDuffie explains what was found inside the home. "We recovered a sheet with a onesy, you know what I am talking about the little things babies wear, sewn into a bed sheet. We found yarn which appeared to be used to strap the child's legs and duct tape."

The duct tape is being tested right now to see if it was used to cover up the baby's mouth.

On the scene EMS found the baby had bruises on his arms and around his head.  He possibly has a broken nose and several facial injuries. He was flown to Memorial University Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

Investigators were told Richards was diganosed Postpartum Depression, but so far they have seen no medical records that back this up.

Effingham County DEFAC could not confirm or deny if Richards had any prior records on file with them.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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