Aunt charged in child abuse case, toddler no longer on life supp - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Aunt charged in child abuse case, toddler no longer on life support

Tira Davis Source: Natchez Police Dept. Tira Davis Source: Natchez Police Dept.
Shalae Lewis Source: Natchez Police Dept. Shalae Lewis Source: Natchez Police Dept.
NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The aunt of a toddler, who is now off life support after reportedly suffering abuse at the hands of her mother, is also facing charges.

Detective Jerry Ford with the Natchez police says that the 23-month-old girl who was air-lifted to Batson last week is no longer on life support.

She is out of intensive care but still recovering after numerous surgeries.

Ford says that although the child is not out of the woods yet, her condition has drastically improved.

Police say 22-year-old Tira Davis, of Natchez, was arrested and charged on Tuesday with contributing to the neglect or delinquency of a child.

Her sister, Shalae Lewis, was charged last week with felony child abuse after her 23-month-old child sustained severe head trauma, including a cracked skull and a brain hemorrhage. Lewis told authorities that she was carrying trash down a flight of stairs with her daughter when she accidentally fell.

Police say it was later discovered that she had actually waited several hours before taking her daughter to the hospital. 

It wasn't until the 23-month-old was having seizures that she was then taken to Natchez Merit Health. The staff at the hospital called and reported the alleged abuse to DHS, and the little girl was later airlifted to UMMC where she is still on life support. 

Investigators say the medical staff found that the child had some old wounds, including broken ribs, a lacerated liver and second degree burns over most of her body. 

Through further investigation, it was determined by police that it was not an accident and Lewis likely threw her child down the stairs. Police say Davis, the mother's sister, knew about the repeated child abuse and failed to report it to authorities.

Both are being held in Natchez City Jail. Davis is being held  on a $250,000 bond and  Lewis is being held on a $1 million bond.

They are scheduled for their preliminary hearing on October 25 at 9 a.m.

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