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Teen Accused of Abusing Infant, Breaking Bones

Dustin Michael Lewis, 18, of Cartersville, was arrested and charged cruelty to children and aggravated battery in connection with the 6-week-old baby's injuries, including a knot on the head.

A local teen has been arrested in connection with a large knot on a 6-week-old baby's head.

Cartersville Police Department Chief Tommy Culpepper said in a news release that Dustin Michael Lewis, 18, of Cartersville, was arrested following the Jan. 30 incident.

The child's mother took her to the emergency room at Cartersville Medical Center for treatment of the knot on her head. Further examination revealed the infant also had broken ribs, a fractured skull, a broken left tibula and a broken left femur.

The mom, also 18, told police her boyfriend was in the bedroom of a West Carter Street home, feeding the baby and he came into the living room, saying the baby had a small knot on her head, according to the incident report, attached. The next morning, the baby woke her screaming and crying as if in pain and the knot had enlarged, she said.

Police interviewed several individuals, but arrested Lewis, who was charged with cruelty to children and aggravated battery. He is currently in custody at the Bartow County jail.

The infant was placed in state custody for her safety and the investigation continues.

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J D Fowler February 23, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Is there an update to this story. How is the baby doing and is she back home with her mother? They are still in my prayers.
Hope4tmw@yahoo.com February 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The mom deserves her baby back. She didn't do anything, and if she took her baby to the ER the baby is SAFE with her.
Catherine Berger March 03, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Update please
Betty Utberg May 27, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The child needs to be taken into protective custody! Let the authorities figure out if the mother "deserves" to have the child back. "She didn't do anything" comment, obviously she didn't or the child wouldn't have multiple injuries over a 6 week period! A mother's first priority is to protect her child regardless of how old the mother is. If she was too young to stand up for this baby she should have put it up for adoption!
Savannah LovesMatt Rumans November 02, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Im a little late on this.. all I have to say is this made me cry. I knew Dustin but I didnt know him very long. For the mom im proud of you for not trying to cover for dustin when he did wrong. But one thing I have to ask im not trying to b rude but if the baby had broken bones for weeks wouldnt some one have seen the bruses and swelling from em. ? IM JUST GLAD THE BABY IS SAFE . Id like to hear an update on baby Shylow if thats possible. ..

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