Coffee County Mother Charged with Child Cruelty

| December 20, 2014

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DOUGLAS — A young mother has been charged related to her child’s traumatic brain and other injuries.

Coffee County Sheriffs Office Photo

Coffee County Sheriffs Office Photo

Amber Nicole Grantham, 24, was charged with first degree cruelty to children and aggravated battery related to injuries suffered by her 15-month old child.  Officials contend the child’s injuries were the result of being shaken.

Reports from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation claim Grantham and a male friend brought the child to the Coffee Regional Hospital in October, telling hospital workers the child was having seizures.  The child was then listed in critical condition and flown to hospital in Savannah.

Doctors there then treated the child and reported to authorities that the child had suffered bilateral retinal hemorrhaging and midline shift of the brain.  These symptoms are consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.  Further, the child had injuries to its head a groin.

As the authorities investigated the incident leading up to the injuries, they interviewed Grantham who told them the child had walked outside, fell down some stairs and was hurt, but she did not opt to seek medical attention.  She claimed this occurred on October 17.  Detectives, working with the GBI, staged a reenactment of the incident and from that investigation decided they had enough evidence to issue a warrant for Grantham’s arrest on December 12.  She is currently free on bond.

The child is alive, at home with Grandparents and recovering, but still suffers from partial paralysis, according to reports from WALB.  Department of Family and Child Services is also involved in the continuing investigation and is monitoring the child’s recovery and care.

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