Authorities in Pascagoula and Hancock County arrested two Bay St. Louis residents accused in the abuse of a 12-year-old boy, officials announced Friday.
Tiffany Threse Brown, 46, and Michael Blackburn Jr., 19, each face a charge of felony child abuse.
Brown and Blackburn share an apartment in Bay St. Louis, though the abuse occurred in Pascagoula, said Cherie Wade of the 19th Circuit District Attorney’s Office in Jackson County.
The pair were arrested by Pascagoula police with the assistance of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
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Hancock County sheriff’s Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Hancock deputies executed a search and arrest warrant Friday morning at the request of Pascagoula police. The couple had recently moved from Pascagoula to Bay St. Louis, he said.
Grannan said the abuse was severe, but deferred to Pascagoula authorities for additional details.
Brown and Blackburn are being held in the Jackson County jail on bond set at $500,000 each in the Pascagoula Municipal Court.
Pascagoula police investigated this case, with the assistance of the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, Jackson County Youth Court and Mississippi Department of Human Services.
“The charges are an allegation of criminal wrongdoing, but under our law, the defendants are innocent until proven guilty,” said District Attorney Tony Lawrence. “My office will continue to work with the Pascagoula Police Department and other agencies to prevent, investigate, and prosecute allegations involving the abuse of children.”