AL mother, boyfriend arrested after infant suffered fractured skull

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – The Russell County Sheriff's Office held a press conference Friday afternoon regarding an aggravated child abuse case.

Sheriff Taylor says a five-week-old was taken to the hospital and was found with a fractured arm and significant bleeding to the brain.

The mother, 18 year old McKenzie Elizabeth Stribling and her boyfriend, 23 year old Justin Dakota Massingill, were arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.

The alleged incident reportedly happening at their home in Salem, Alabama Thursday afternoon.

Russell County Sheriff, Heath Taylor says the evidence will show this was not accidental.

"A five week old doesn't have these type of injuries accidentally without some kind of involvements from adults. they were the only people in the house, we believe we can show it was a circumstance that occurred where this child was injured," said Taylor.

Following further questioning, Taylor also says Massingill, who is not the biological father of the child, is taking full responsibility for the sustained injuries.

Taylor says more investigation will decide if the mother will face any or any additional charges.

The infant is said to now be in stable condition.

The boyfriend and mother are out on a $50,000 bond.

The Department of Human Resources is involved and seeking custody of the infant.

This case is still under investigation.

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