The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 22-year-old woman this week on a charge of felony child abuse-serious bodily harm, said Sheriff Jimmy Edwards.
The suspect, Destiny Nicole Higginbotham of Vardaman, was picked up by authorities in Calhoun County on Monday night and brought back to Union County for questioning, said Edwards.
The alleged abuse occurred around Oct. 28 at the South Street Apartments in Myrtle, said Edwards.
An eight-month-old baby was taken to the hospital in New Albany and then airlifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, the sheriff said.
The incident began with a call for an unresponsive child. Sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical personnel arrived, and it appeared the baby was having a seizure or something of that nature, Edwards said.
It appeared the baby had been shaken, said the sheriff.
The child was apparently still in Le Bonheur on Thursday morning and has been hospitalized for about 10 days, the sheriff noted.
Higginbotham denied hurting the child, said the sheriff. She was arrested by the Union County Sheriff’s Office after being questioned.
The sheriff said there’s no way the child could have received such severe injuries from just falling down.
Higginbotham was the only person present with the child when the injury occurred, Edwards said.
Her bond was set at $250,000, and she was still in the Union County Jail as of Thursday morning.