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Mother tapes mouth of 2-year-old son with down syndrome

AUGUSTA, GA (WALB) - Officials at Georgia Regents University Hospital have filed charges against a young mother who taped the mouth of her 2-year-old son, who was born with Down syndrome.

Stephanie Harris, 21, of Albany, GA, was charged with deprivation of a minor.

According to a report, she was at the hospital Sunday when a nurse walked into a hospital room and noticed the child with a disfigured face. She discovered the mother had placed tape on the child's mouth, authorities said.

The nurse took the child out of the room as the mother exclaimed, "It is none of your... business," according to officials.

The nurse took the child and removed the tape, and the boy was placed in the custody of DFACS.

Harris was taken to the Richmond County Jail and later released. There was no immediate word on a bond amount.

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