22-year-old woman charged with felony child abuse in Union County

Destiny Higginbotham | Source: Union County Sheriff's Department

A woman from Calhoun County faces a child abuse charge in Union County.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 3:48 PM

MYRTLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A 22-year-old woman from Vardaman is charged with felony child abuse in Union County.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Destiny Higginbotham was arrested Monday night.

On Oct. 28, law enforcement officers responded to the South Street apartments in Myrtle.

An 8-month-old infant was found unresponsive, the sheriff said.

The baby was taken to the hospital and later transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

The sheriff said Higginbotham was the only person in the apartment at the time of the report.

She is not the mother of the infant, the sheriff said. 

He confirmed the child belongs to Higginbotham's boyfriend whom she was visiting at the time of the arrest.

The medical team said this may be a case of shaken baby, the sheriff said.

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