A Clarksville woman is devastated that her 2 1/2-month-old great-granddaughter, Hailey Stoddard, has suffered 12 broken ribs, a broken arm and a broken leg.
But that's compounded by her frustration that no arrest has been made in the case.
Carolyn Latham said she is not sure how Hailey was injured but believes the injuries came at the hands of a person who was previously accused of physically abusing Hailey by biting her.
Clarksville Police are investigating the case and have not named any suspects or made any arrests, according to Officer Jim Knoll. All reports linked to the accusations, including those related to the prior incident, were unavailable since it is an ongoing investigation, Knoll said.
CPD Detective Misty Darland, lead investigator in the case, could not be reached for comment.
Vanderbilt Children's Hospital would not release Hailey's condition, but Latham said she is stable.
"With the grace of God, she will be all right," Latham said Monday. "They took the feeding tube out and took her off morphine today."
Beverly Ferrell, the child's great-aunt, said the child was to come home from the hospital Monday night. Latham said she hasn't been satisfied with the answers she's received about the lack of any arrest.
"The police told us it was under investigation, and when it was complete it would be taken to the grand jury," Latham said. "I don't understand this. ... What's to say what he's going to do while this investigation is going on?"
Latham said that three weeks ago, police were called to her 17-year-old granddaughter's home over a report that Hailey had been bitten. The Department of Children Services and police got involved, Latham said, but that's the last she heard.
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A nurse who checked on the child Wednesday as part of a DCS-ordered observation noticed she had labored breathing, Latham said. At Vanderbilt that night, doctors discovered the 12 broken ribs, a broken arm and broken leg.
Latham said she knows her almost-3-month-old great-grandchild did not cause these injuries herself.
The family member suspected of the abuse does not have a criminal history or any abuse allegations on file with the court system. The family may have to wait until police finish their investigation and a presentment is made to the grand jury.
"I've been devastated, and I can't get any answers. If I went and did the same thing (to that family member) I'd be in jail before the night is over. It's like children — innocent babies — have no say-so. The system has failed my grandbaby. There is no protection for her, no voice for her. Does someone have to be killed first?"