Local couple charged with injuring infant

Baby girl had sustained multiple fractures, according to police

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug 28, 2007 - A Sulphur Springs man and wife were arrested Monday on a warrant alleging they injured the woman's 1-year-old daughter a month ago.

The infant, as well as her 4-year-old brother, have been in foster care since the assault was reported last month, according to police reports.

Amanda Keri Hamlin and her husband, Shelby Denton Brisbin, both 20, were arrested Monday at their Helm Lane residence. Sulphur Springs Police Officer Mark Estes and Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner took the couple into custody on warrants for injury to a child, a first-degree felony. Child Protective Services and Texas Ranger Phillip Kemp are also assisting in the case.

The 1-year-old was taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room approximately one month ago for treatment of “swelling of the right leg,” according to reports. She was later transported to Children’s Hospital in Dallas.

At Children’s Hospital, the child underwent a full medical assessment. Medical experts determined the child had sustained a high-impact fracture of the femur, one of “multiple fractures in different stages in the healing process” discovered.

In addition to the broken leg, the 1-year-old had also sustained a fractured left ankle, clavicle and rib fractures, according to Stillwagoner.

Doctors ran tests to rule out bone diseases or other maladies which present similar symptoms as the cause. Child Protective Services was then contacted.

CPS workers then alerted police, and removed the girl and her 4-year-old brother from their home. (A medical assessment of the 4-year-old showed no sign of injury.)

Several people were interviewed in connection with the case, including the child’s mother and stepfather, the primary caregivers for the baby and her brother. They said the little girl had fallen out of a toddler bed, which is located about a foot off the ground.

´┐ŻBut the explanation for the femur injury was not consistent with the wound, according to the investigator. A fall from that height would not entail significant enough force to cause that kind of break, Stillwagoner said, nor did it explain the other wounds,.

Warrants were obtained Monday  morning for Hamlin and Brisbin’s arrest. They were taken in custody at 10:20 a.m.

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