Father arrested after baby burned

Father arrested after baby burned
Tyrell Ford (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Months after hospital workers discovered a baby had been abused, the child's father appeared in court.

Tyrell Ford appeared before Craighead County District Judge David Boling on Friday. Judge Boling found probable cause to charge Ford with permitting child abuse, first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, and first-degree domestic battering causing serious injury.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the child, less than two years old, was burned on the head, neck, shoulder, and back from an unknown hot liquid substance at an apartment in Jonesboro. The injuries happened on Dec. 7, 2017.

Two days later, on Dec. 9, the child was taken to the hospital for swelling to her head.

That's when, according to court documents, hospital staff "discovered numerous older injuries including second-degree burns to the head, neck, shoulder and back" of the baby girl.

"According to hospital records, the swelling of the child's head was caused by blunt force trauma," the affidavit said. "The hospital staff noted in medical records of numerous older injuries that are consistent with abuse."

After speaking with detectives, neither parent could provide reasons consistent with the evidence of how the child was injured.
Ford is in jail on a $100,000 bond. It's unclear if the child's mother was arrested.

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