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Abused toddler, mom and aunt charged

NATCHEZ, Miss.- A 23-month-old toddler is still at UMMC on life support after woulds police believe were inflicted by her own mother. 

Shalae Lewis, originally from Louisiana, has been charged with felony child abuse after her 23-month-old daughter was admitted to the hospital for severe head trauma, a cracked skill, and a brain hemorrhage.

Lewis claimed the child accidentally fell while she was carrying a bag of trash down the stairs.

However, police soon found out it took several hours before Lewis brought her daughter to the emergency room. They reported she waited until the child was having seizures before the little girl was taken to Natchez Merit Health and then airlifted to UMMC. The hospital reported what they believed to be abuse to DHS.

Now, Lewis’ sister, Tira Davis, 22, is being charged with contributing to the neglect or delinquency of a child.

The medical team also found other older woulds such as broken ribs, a lacerated liver, and second degree burns on most of the child’s body.

Both Lewis and Davis are being held at the Natchez City Jail. Lewis has a $1 million bond, and Davis faces a $250,000 bond. The hearing is scheduled for October 25 at 9:00 am.

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