Crime

Baby in Laurel County likely permanently disabled because of abuse, sheriff's office says

A 4-month-old baby is likely to be permanently disabled as a result of child abuse suffered at the hands of her mother and another relative, according to a news release from the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

The baby girl has been unconscious in the intensive care unit at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital since Tuesday morning, according to the release.

The child's mother, Bessie Sizemore, 24, and Michael Henson, 36, were arrested Friday afternoon and charged with multiple counts of child abuse.

Sizemore lived with her children on Hazel Patch Road, about 8 miles north of London. Henson, a cousin of Sizemore's husband, lived nearby and helped care for the children, according to the sheriff.

The baby became unresponsive at Sizemore's home at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and was taken to St. Joseph London, then transferred by helicopter to UK with life-threatening injuries, the sheriff's office said.

"The infant was found to have at least one broken rib, abusive head trauma, and multiple bruising, all consistent with child abuse," according to the release. "The infant has never regained full consciousness and will likely have permanent disability."

Sizemore and Henson are both charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child and first-degree assault in connection with the baby's injuries. They are also charged with third-degree criminal abuse and fourth-degree assault — child abuse in regard to their treatment of Sizemore's 2-year-old daughter.

They were being held Friday in the Laurel County Detention Center.

The 2-year-old and a 7-year-old girl were removed from the home Tuesday morning. Social services placed them in the care of a relative, the sheriff's office said.

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