An infant taken to a hospital for possible flu was diagnosed with broken bones, a burn and malnutrition, police said.
The 5-month-old boy’s visit to a hospital on Jan. 30 also led to the discovery of signs of abuse to his 4-year-old brother, Moss Point Interim Police Chief Brandon Ashley said.
The infant’s injuries were so severe that he required surgery, Ashley said.
The mother had taken the baby to Singing River Hospital, where a doctor found the infant had several broken bones in his arm, a burn to his face and a possible skull fracture, Ashley said.
The baby also had “extreme malnutrition” and a previous broken bone in his other arm that hadn’t received medical treatment, Ashley said.
The baby was taken to the University of South Alabama Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Mobile. The baby required surgery to relieve fluid build-up in his arm, Ashley said.
Hospital staff notified the Department of Human Services of possible child neglect and police opened a criminal investigation.
The investigation led to indications that the 4-year-old also had been abused, Ashley said.
Police arrested Kevin Lemark Bush Jr., 24, on two counts of felony child abuse causing serious bodily injuries on Wednesday. They also arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of simple domestic assault.
Bush, from Hoover, Alabama, was being held on felony bonds that total $200,000.
Police arrested the children’s mother, Kaffay Mitchell of Gautier, on two felony counts of contributing to child neglect.
Her bonds total $50,000.