Child abuse victim making improvements in hospital, taken off life support

NATCHEZ, Miss. (WJTV) — A little girl who was fighting for her life is making improvements.Authorities said a 23-month-old girl was a victim of abuse.

Her mother, Shalae Lewis and her aunt, Tira Davis were arrested in the case.

Officials said the child has been taken off life support and is making significant improvements. She is still in the hospital.

Lewis, 32, of Sicily Island, Louisiana, was taken into police custody on September 16. Lewis claimed the 23-month-old baby girl fell from a flight of stairs. The infant was flown to University of Mississippi Medical Center, and it was later reported the child had a hemorrhage on the brain, a cracked skull, broken ribs and burn marks on her legs.

Lewis confessed to harming the baby after further investigation by the Natchez Police Department.

The child’s aunt, Davis was charged September 27 with contributing to the delinquency of neglect of child abuse. Authorities accuse Davis of being present when the alleged crimes happened but not reporting possible abuse to authorities.

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