The Harrison County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Stonewood man and woman and charged them with gross child neglect creating a substantial risk of bodily injury or death to a child.
Kelsey Turner, 21, called 911 to report that her 2-year-old child was not acting normally. The child was transported to United Hospital Center, where a doctor found that the child had several contusions, bite marks, and a large bump on the right side of her head. An x-ray indicated that the child had bleeding in her brain, according to a criminal complaint document.
Turner told authorities that her boyfriend, Frank Cherubino, 52, had been mean to her child and shoved her down several times when she had asked for food. Turner also said that she saw Cherubino burn the child with cigarettes for not going to sleep, according to a criminal complaint document.
Cherubino told deputies the same information, but blamed Turner for the child's injuries. Turner said that Cherubino would do this because the child is not his and he wouldn't do this to other children in the house. Deputies checked the other children in the house, including a 2-month-old infant and a 4-year-old child, who all appeared to be healthy.
Both Cherubino and Turner are being held in North Central Regional Jail without bail.