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Charges filed after 2-month-old hospitalized with skull fracture, Gulfport police say

Shawn Michael Babbitt
Shawn Michael Babbitt Harrison County Adult Detention Center

A Gulfport man is in custody after he took his infant son to the hospital with a head injury.

Gulfport police on Thursday arrested Shawn Michael Babbitt, 29, on a charge of child abuse, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

The Gulfport Police Department was contacted Wednesday for a complaint of child abuse in the 500 block of Oregon Drive, Sgt. Clayton Fulks said in a press release.

Babbitt and a relative took his 2-month-old son to Memorial Hospital, Fulks said, where doctors found a skull fracture. The child was then air-lifted to the children’s hospital in Mobile, Alabama.

The boy is still receiving treatment.

Bond was set at $200,000 by Judge Fant Walker on the child abuse charge. But two bond amounts of $677.25 was added for charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after Babbitt was taken to Harrison County jail.

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