UPDATE: Woman's boyfriend charged with child abuse
UPDATE: MONDAY, JUNE 6th 5 pm
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A Chattanooga mother is waiting to learn if her baby will live, after police say her boyfriend abused the child.
Jayden Bartholomew is listed in critical condition at T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital. His mother, Monica Bartholomew, tells Eyewitness News he was placed on a ventilator, after suffering multiple seizures.
"We found that the child was last in the care of the boyfriend, so he was arrested for shaking the child," said Sgt. Jerri Weary, spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department.
Police were called by hospital staff Sunday when the five-month-old was brought in showing obvious signs of shaken baby syndrome. The baby's mother told police she left the child with her boyfriend, 22 year-old Dustin McCord while she went next door. Five minutes passed and McCord went to her for help.
"He was back there playing on his video game," said McCord's sister, Chesney McCord, "so he didn't know she left the baby with him at all."
McCord's sister lives next door and says she was talking to the baby's mother when Dustin McCord reported something was wrong with the child.
"People got the wrong side of the story," she told Channel 3, "he loves that baby more than anything, he'd never harm that baby."
Chesney McCord says neighbors were urging Monica Bartholomew to take her son to the doctor, because he had been sleeping excessively for more than a week.
"He would just stay in his car seat," she said, "he wasn't the happy baby that we knew."
Police are now looking into those claims and say McCord's arrest does not end their investigation.
"In this case, it's a very young baby," said Sgt. Weary, "so anyone who gives regular care to the child could be looked at."
Chesney McCord is convinced her brother's criminal record made him an easy target.
"His past is his past, he's been doing really good, he had a job and everything," she said, "he loves that baby and there's nothing more to it."
While police continue their investigation, the Department of Children's Services will conduct its own investigation, common practice any time a child is abused.
Dustin McCord is charged with aggravated child abuse. He is being held on $60,000 bond. He's due in court at the end of the month.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5th 11 pm
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – A Chattanooga man is facing child abuse charges a after a five-month-old child was brought to Erlanger Medical Center suffering from a seizure and shaken baby syndrome.
Twenty-two-year-old Dustin McCord was arrested Sunday at Erlanger
The mother of the child told police, she left the baby with McCord and went to next door. About five minutes later, McCord ran over with the child asking for help. They then brought the baby to the hospital where doctors immediately recognized the child's ailments.
McCord is charged with aggravated child abuse.