Laci Welford & Jonathan Smithhttp://www.wlox.com/story/17230790/d...eglect-arrestsJACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Two people are under arrest in Jackson County after a daycare worker alerted authorities about injuries to a two-year-old child.
Jonathan Blake Smith, 20, is charged with one count of Felony Child Abuse. Laci Elizabeth Welford, 19, is charged with one count of Misdemeanor Child Neglect.
Investigators said a worker at a Berry Special Place Day Care Center in Moss Point noticed the child had substantial injuries resulting from what appeared to be a severe beating. That worker called investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
Within hours, deputies arrested Smith and Welford at their home
If convicted, Welford faces a fine of no more than $1,000 and up to a year in jail. Smith could face up to 10 years in prison.
Gautier couple arrested on child abuse charges, 2-year-old boy beaten, sheriff says
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi...ed_on_chi.htmlGAUTIER, Mississippi -- A Gautier couple was arrested Wednesday by Jackson County investigators and charged on child abuse offenses relating to a 2-year-old boy that was beaten, Sheriff Mike Byrd said today.
Detectives received a call from personnel at the Berry Special Place Day Care in Helena about a child with injuries, Byrd said.
"They appear to be from a severe beating," Byrd said.