Augusta man arrested for Child Cruelty after toddler ends up in ICU

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AUGUSTA (WJBF) – An Augusta man was arrested after a 1-year old ended up in the ICU at AU Medical Center.

The incident happened April 19th, on the 1900 block on Cooney Circle.

According to the incident report, the toddler was taken to the ER for excessive vomiting.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Dewayne Hampton grabbed the child, causing his neck to snap backward and then burned the him with a lighter on his leg.

The toddler sustained bleeding on his brain and a burn mark.

Hampton is charged with Cruelty to Children in the First Degree, he remains in the Richmond County jail.

The child’s mother says Hampton often kept him while she was at work.

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