Dean couple behind bars charged with allegedly hitting two-year-old

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A Dean couple was in the Clay County jail on injury to a child charges after authorities said a non-responsive 2-year-old was brought to the hospital Monday night with severe bruising to her head and body.

Joshua Thomas Fulbright, 23, and Sarah Elizabeth Newsom, 23, were jailed on $250,000 bonds.

According to arrest affidavits, the girl was brought to the Clay County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room around 9:40 p.m. Monday.

Hospital staff notified the Clay County Sheriff’s Office that the child was unresponsive and had severe bruising on her head and body.

Deputies said Fulbright and Newsom agreed to be interviewed, and that Fulbright told them he had struck the girl on the left side of her head with his right hand late last week, leaving a large bruise.   

They say Fulbright also told them Newsom was in the room when he struck the girl in their residence in Dean.

Deputies said the girl also had numerous bruises on her head, arms and back.

Then deputies said Fulbright told them a day after that assault, the girl began having seizure-like behavior and vomiting numerous times, and that Newsom admitted slapping the girl routinely to try to bring her out of the seizures, but the girl became unconscious and was then taken to the hospital. 

The child has been transferred to Cook Children’s Hospital where her condition is unknown.

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