Sheriff: Two-month-old baby dies after father admits to abusing him in MS

Posted at 4:02 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 17:02:14-04

By Lindsay Knowles and Annie Johnson 

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson confirmed the two-month-old baby who was brought to a Gulfport hospital early this week after being abused died around 1:39 p.m.

The baby was originally described as being in critical condition, and deputies arrested and charged his father with felony child abuse charges.

Authorities say Byron Allen Ellison of Gulfport admitted to abusing the infant. The abuse was discovered Monday when emergency responders were called to a home on Calcutta Drive in Gulfport for a medical emergency.

The two-month-old was reportedly not breathing. The child was taken by ambulance to Garden Park Medical Center. There, investigators say doctors found that the baby’s skull had been fractured and that the child had a double brain bleed. The infant was immediately flown to Oschner’s Children’s Hospital.

Harrison County sheriff’s investigators interviewed both of the baby’s parents. That’s when Ellison, 28, reportedly admitted to deputies that he had abused the child. No details were given about the abuse.

Ellison was charged with felony child abuse and booked into Harrison County Jail where he is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Sheriff Peterson says charges have not been upgraded at this time until the case is further investigated.

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