Mother of brain-dead Fairfield baby charged with aggravated child abuse

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) — The mother of a three-month-old child left brain dead has been charged with aggravated child abuse.

Ratunda Smith, 31

According to Fairfield police chief Nick Dyer, the parents were arguing Monday afternoon when the baby was injured at a home in the Mattie T. Jackson Apartments in the 6700 block of Avenue D. The child was declared brain-dead later at Children’s of Alabama.

Wednesday, Rod Robinson, Chief Investigator with Jefferson County District Attorney Bessemer Cutoff, told CBS 42 the child’s mother, 31-year-old Ratunda Smith, is facing an aggravated child abuse charge that will be escalated to murder if the baby dies. Smith’s bond is currently set at $60,000.

 

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