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Child's injuries lead to abuse arrest in Tupelo

Joshua Oakley is accused of abusing a 6-year-old child.

Posted: Nov 15, 2019 3:43 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Police are investigating the alleged abuse of a child in Tupelo.

The staff at the hospital in Tupelo alerted the Tupelo Police Department on Wednesday about a possible child abuse case, according to Police.


Joshua Oakley | Source: Tupelo Police Department

Police were told a 6-year-old boy was suffering from life-threatening injuries. The injuries were not accidental and had happened in Tupelo.

Police officers detained Joshua Oakley, 29, of Tupelo as a person of interest.

Oakley is in a relationship with the child’s mother and was babysitting at the time of the injuries, according to Police.

Police ultimately charged Oakley with felony child abuse.

During an initial court appearance in Tupelo on Friday, Oakley was ordered to be held in jail without bond, according to Police.

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