Mother charged with child cruelty after traumatic brain injury

Mother charged with child cruelty after traumatic brain injury

COFFEE CO., GA (WALB) - A Coffee County woman has been charged with cruelty to children after her 15-month-old child suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries.

Officials think the baby may have been shaken

Amber Nicole Grantham, 24, is charged with first degree cruelty to children and aggravated battery.

According to a report by the Coffee County Sheriff's Office, Grantham and a male friend brought the child, who was not named to Coffee Regional Hospital on October 19. Grantham told hospital employees that the child was having seizures.

The child was listed in critical condition, and immediately flown to a hospital in Savannah.

Doctors in Savannah said the child had what they said was bilateral retinal hemorrhaging and a midline shift of the brain, which officials said is consistent with "shaken baby syndrome."

Doctors also reported the child had injuries to its head and groin.

During an investigation, Grantham told detectives the child had walked outside and fell down some steps at a home on October 17, but that she did not seek medical attention.

Detectives later worked with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to learn more about the incident through a reenactment.

Investigators finally took out warrants for Grantham on December 12.

A Magistrate Judge granted a property bond to her on the same day. Grantham has been free on that bond since her day in court.

The GBI said the child was at home and recovering, but still suffers from partial paralysis.

Coffee County's Department of Family and Child Services is also involved in the investigation. The child is currently with a relative. DFACS is also monitoring the child.

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