Family confirms death of toddler after alleged child abuse injuries

Local News

Tragic news out of Clay County just four days after a Dean mother and her boyfriend are charged with severely injuring a 2-year-old girl. Social media reports confirm that the toddler has passed away after being taken off life support Thursday.

Clay County authorities said Scarlette Olivia Newsom was taken to Clay County Memorial ER Monday night with severe bruising to her head, arms and back.

Deputies then interviewed Sarah Elizabeth Newsom, 23, and her boyfriend Joshua Thomas Fulbright.

Deputies said 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. He reportedly also said Newsom was in the room when it happened.

According to investigators, Newsom and Fulbright told deputies that a day after that assault. the girl began having seizure-like behavior and vomited numerous times.

Deputies said Newsom admitted slapping the girl routinely to try to bring her out of the seizures but said the girl became unconscious and was then taken to the hospital. 

They were both booked into jail Tuesday and as of right now are still charged with one count each of injury to a child resulting in serious bodily injury—a first-degree felony.

Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons said he is heartbroken by the news and said his office will continue to pray for the family

There is now a GoFundMe page in order to help Olivia’s family pay for funeral expenses, and you can visit the site here.

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