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Two arrested in Pontotoc County child abuse case

Law enforcement says two people have been arrested as part of an investigation into the beating of a 4-month-old in Pontotoc County.

Posted: Mar. 19, 2018 1:21 PM
Updated: Mar. 19, 2018 7:15 PM

PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Law enforcement says two people have been arrested as part of an investigation into the beating of a 4-month-old boy in Pontotoc County.

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Desmond Haws, 25, of Pontotoc and Aaron Hatfield, 24, of Ecru have been charged with felonious child abuse.

Sheriff Leo Mask says a tip from North Mississippi Medical Center led to the shocking discovery a couple of weeks ago.

He says the mother, Desmond Haws, and Hatfield beat her 4-month-old son two separate times.

The Sheriff says the infant has been at LeBonheur Children's Hospital In Memphis with skull and bone fractures.

Mask says the infant has a long way to go but has shown some signs of improvement.

Haws and Hatfield are being held on a $500,000 bond each.

Sheriff Mask says his investigation is far from over because he's still trying to figure out the relationship between Hatfield and the child.

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