JACKSON COUNTY -- A 3-year-old boy is in a Mobile hospital with critical wounds caused by his father, authorities said.
Nathan Blake McCrory, 24, is being held without bond at the Jackson County jail on charges of felony child abuse and manufacturing a controlled substance. He was taken into custody Monday.
Zander Saucier was taken to Singing River Hospital on Sunday because of a reported fall. The staff felt the injuries were inconsistent with a fall and reported their suspicions to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Mike Ezell said McCrory, who is not Zander's custodial parent but had him over the weekend, took him to his own mother and told her her grandson had fallen down the stairs at his home on Rayford Shumoch Road in the East Central community.
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McCrory's mother called 911 and Acadian Ambulance took Zander to the hospital. McCrory did not go to the hospital to check on his son, Ezell said.
Singing River did initial treatment, then had the boy airlifted to USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile, where he is in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Ezell said Zander had additional bruising on areas of his body, which were consistent with abuse.
Ezell said the boy's injuries are "serious."
"It's bad," he said. "It's real bad."
A prayer vigil for Zander is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nugent United Methodist Church, at John Clark Road and Old Hwy. 49 in Gulfport.
McCrory was also arrested on the felony drug charge, the sheriff said, after deputies found he was cultivating marijuana.
An initial court appearance has not been set.
To report information, call Jackson County sheriff's Investigator Eddie Clark at 872-7997.