Hospitalized several days due to injuries suffered from alleged child neglect and abuse, 6-year-old Mackaney now is on the road to recovery, thanks to community support.
Beckley police Capt. Jeff Shumate said Friday that Mackaney has made a “drastic recovery,” her weight increasing from 19 pounds when she was first admitted to the hospital to 32 pounds.
Police received the original complaint for a criminal investigation from Child Protective Services on Oct. 13. The child’s mother, Sabrina Smith, 41, and Amanda Wells, 30, who also lived in the Berkeley Street home, were arrested Monday.
They are charged with child abuse with substantial injury, child neglect with substantial risk of death and attempted murder of a child by parent, guardian or custodian by refusal or failure to supply necessities.
The child was released from the hospital last week and is able to communicate and interact with people. However, Shumate says Mackaney is still is unable to walk on her own.
“She seems to be in high spirits and she’s just such a joy to be around,” Shumate said. “It’s refreshing to see the response from the community. People have offered everything from setting up trust funds to donating clothing to putting her on the prayer list at church.”
Mackaney was taken to Raleigh General Hospital in an “unresponsive state.” Shumate said her core body temperature was 80 degrees and her blood sugar was only 2.
She also sustained injuries all over her body and Shumate said she was zip-tied to a car seat, without fabric padding, during the night.
Both Smith and Wills were remanded to Southern Regional Jail on $500,000 bond. Smith has since been released, but Wills remained in custody Friday.
“In cases like these, it’s good to see such a response and it’s good to see her doing better,” he said. “I think it shows how the community pulls together for the common good.”