Arrest warrants against a man and woman recently arrested for alleged abuse against a four-month old girl detail broken bones, brain injuries and deplorable living conditions.
The infant was initially brought to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for a respiratory condition and was treated and released, according to a warrant, which says she was brought back several hours later for seizure-like symptoms. Medical staff noticed scratches and injuries to the victim’s lips and ears during the second visit.
She was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where staff found six fractures to her arms, legs and ribs that were in various stages of healing—meaning the injuries happened over a period of days or weeks.
The four-month old had brain hemorrhaging, eye hemorrhaging and a lacerated liver—injuries consistent with non-accidental trauma.
Police say the infant was living in deplorable conditions, which included a massive flea infestation.
The child’s mother, 22-year old Kayla Newton of Hopkinsville, is charged with first-degree criminal abuse. Newton’s live-in boyfriend, 20-year old David Rang, is charged with first-degree assault.
Rang admitted to Hopkinsville Police that he may not have known his own strength when handling the child, according to the warrant. Newton’s warrant says she placed the child in a dangerous living situation and caused injuries to the baby, along with Rang.
The warrants say the injuries could have happened anytime between February and Thursday of last week.
Both suspects remain in the Christian County Jail.