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.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme