Bradley County authorities and DCS investigate after baby was burned
BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – An 8-month-old baby was doing okay on Thursday after she suffered burns on her head on Tuesday. That’s according to the child’s family members.
The child’s burns has Bradley County Detectives and Department of Children’s Services searching for answers.
“I just urge the community to pray for this child. The child is currently in Augusta, Georgia in the burn unit, and so, I’m sure the family would appreciate the prayer of the community,” Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Communications Director James Bradford said.
Authorities were contacted after the child was taken to the hospital.
A family member told WDEF she believes the baby was taken to be treated several hours after she was burned that’s something law enforcement is looking into.
“We know that the child was burned, but our investigators are trying to build that timeline to see when the child was burned, when the child was transported to the hospital and then our involvement in actually getting involved in the investigation,” Bradford said.
The incident reportedly happened at a home on South East Shannon Road in Old Fort.
“The child was transported from Tennova hospital, which is a local hospital here in Cleveland, by a family member later EMS transported the child from Tennova to our jet point here in Cleveland and was flown to Augusta at the burn unit, Augusta, Georgia,” Bradford said.
Bradford also said they were notified about the incident through the media and started investigating after some confusion.
“Upon our investigation we found out that the baby was taken to the hospital by a family member and at one point our deputy was en route to the hospital and was told that child was burned but they were canceled five minutes later when it said the residence relied in Polk County,” Bradford said.
Authorities concluded that the home was actually in Bradley County.
No charges have been filed.