Dad JARVIS FLAGG has been charged with 1st-degree cruelty to a child. He was apparently alone with his 7-month-old daughter when she suffered multiple head fractures.
Friday, Jun. 11, 2010
Infant girl suffers head fractures; Macon father charged
By AMY LEIGH WOMACK - firstname.lastname@example.org
A 7-month-old girl’s father was charged with child cruelty after doctors discovered the child had suffered head fractures, according to Macon police.
The mother of 7-month-old Makayla Flagg told police she was downstairs at 985 Plant St. early Wednesday morning when she heard a loud bump upstairs where the baby was in her crib.
She also heard the baby scream, according to a police news release. Upstairs, the mother found the baby’s father, 27-year-old Jarvis Flagg, in the bedroom with the child.
The mother picked up the baby, saw that her head was swelling and called for an ambulance. She also noticed a knot on the side of the child’s head.
At The Medical Center of Central Georgia, X-rays revealed fractures, and the baby was flown to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta for further treatment, according to police.
Jarvis Flagg was charged with first-degree cruelty to a child after being interviewed by Macon police detectives, the release said.
Police officers came to the apartment about 3:50 a.m. At that time, both parents told them the baby had fallen out of her crib, according to a police report released Thursday.
The parents also told police that the baby had been hitting her head on the crib.
A doctor at the hospital told police that the child’s injuries were not consistent with the multiple stories the parents told to explain how the injury happened, according to the report.
Asked about the discrepancies in the stories and whether the mother would be charged, police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said the incident remains under investigation.
“No further details are available,” she said.
Flagg is being held at the Bibb County jail without bond, according to jail records.
Telegraph writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.
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