BLYTHE, Ga. (WJBF)- On Oct. 10 at approximately 5:17 PM, investigators responded to a call on Goolsby Rd. for a baby that wasn’t breathing.
When they arrived, officers found the infant had multiple injuries. Now, the mother and father are facing charges.
Investigators have now charged the parents, 35-year-old David James and 19-year-old Emma Pittman, with aggravated battery and cruelty to children in the 1st degree.
According to the arrest warrant from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, James and Pittman caused “cruel and excessive physical pain” to the infant. The 6-week-old’s injuries included bilateral skull fractures, active bleeding inside and outside of the brain, a blown right pupil, anal fissure, and bruising to the head, right chest, penis, buttocks, right flank, both arms, and knees.
Neighbors say this was a shock to all of them. But some who personally knew the father say it especially surprised them knowing his character.
“I’ve known him for a long time. He’s a good person. And that’s all I can say–he’s a good person, and I don’t believe he could do anything like that to a baby or anything like that,” said one neighbor.
Others who didn’t know them personally say the same.
However, the warrant also says James and Pittman did not perform first aid before their six-year-old became unresponsive.
As of the time of this article’s publication, James and Pittman are in the Richmond County Jail.
The 6-week-old infant was transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, where they’re listed in critical condition. This is an active criminal investigation, and more details will be discovered in the coming days.