EFFINGHAM CO., GA--A child's onesy sewn into a crib sheet; yarn, which appeared to be used to strap down a baby's legs and duct tape all found inside the home of a little boy who's story touched many people's hearts.
10-month-old Aiden Waller is fighting for his life at Memorial Health after deputies say his mother, 19-year-old Tina Richards, abused him. However, this isn't the first time deputies have been called to check out Aiden for abuse.
The first documented case of abuse was recorded July 20th 2007. Aiden's grandmother Kimberly Kellam called the Effingham County Sheriff's office to report that her daughter, Richards, had abused Aiden. Deputies documented that Aiden did have a severely bruised right eye, that he looked to be sedated, and that he had several small bruises on his arms that were purple in color.
On July 25th, 2007 the Effingham County Sheriffs got a warrant for Richards arrest and charged her with Child Cruelty and Battery.
The indictment from the Effingham County Superior Court said Richards maliciously caused Aiden cruel physical pain by inflicting bruises to his arms, face and body. She was charged with battery for grabbing him by the arms and throwing him in the crib.
The judge sentenced her to five years probation and according to Kellam lost custody of Aiden.
Then around Christmas Eve 2007 Kellam says a social worker gave Aiden back to Richards.
Less than a month later on January 21, 2008 deputies were called to Richards home again. This time Aiden was hurt so badly he had to be flown to Memorial where he is still listed in critical condition.
He had a number of injuries, some of which were facial and bodily bruises and possibly a broken nose. Investigators still don't know what exactly happened inside the home that day; they're waiting to hear what the doctors have to say. Richards claims she slipped and fell, landing on Aiden but deputies say it doesn't match with what they found.
Kellam says she outraged that this has happened again and said a lot of people are to blame for what has happened. She just hopes her grandson pulls through.
Richards is charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Cruelty to a Child in the 1st Degree and Cruelty to a Child in the 2nd Degree.