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Newborn in deplorable conditions rescued by Lee County authorities

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a home in Guntown for a welfare check regarding a possible newborn baby that appeared to be in need of medical attention.

(Image courtesy of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department)

Sheriff Lee Johnson said several trips were made to the residence by deputies and investigators both after the initial call and over the next couple of days. Each time contact was made with the residents David Fisher Jr. and Nina Gebhart and they repeatedly denied having a born child and even claimed Gebhart was still pregnant.

David Fisher, Jr. (Image courtesy of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department)

The following Thursday evening around 10 p.m., deputies received information that the infant was at the residence.  Upon arriving, deputies located an infant child that appeared to be in need of immediate medical attention. Medics were called to the scene and transported the baby to a local hospital where the child is currently receiving medical care.

Nina Gebhart (Image courtesy of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department)

Fisher and Gebhart were both immediately taken into custody and held for investigation at the Lee County Jail. The investigation quickly revealed that the child was, in fact, born on Monday, November 2, 2020, in their residence with no medical help or attention for the child prior to or post-birth.

(Image courtesy of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department)

During the investigation, it was determined that, given the desperate medical condition of the child and deplorable living situation, both would be charged criminally.

David Fisher Jr. of Guntown is charged with Felony Child Abuse and Deprivation of Necessities with Harm. He was given a bond of $500,000 on each charge, totaling $1,000,000. Sheriff Johnson said Fisher has an extensive criminal history and was out on a felony bond at the time of this arrest.

Nina Gebhart of Guntown is charged with Felony Child Abuse and Deprivation of Necessities with Harm. She was given a bond of $500,000 on each charge, totaling $1,000,000. Sheriff Johnson said Gebhart also has a prior criminal history involving narcotics.

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