TYLERTOWN,MS (WDAM) - Bond was set at $750,000 in Walthall County Justice Court Thursday morning for 26-year-old James Dustin Lowery who is charged with felony child abuse.
Lowery is charged in connection with the death of 16-month old Bailey Randall on July, 29. The infant was hurt while under Lowery's care. She died two days later at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Lowery, who was the child's mothers boyfriend, initially told police the child had fell and hit her head. UMC contacted the Walthall Sheriff's Department and told them they believed that child abuse was involved. Lowery was arrested in the first week of August and has been held without bond since. He was originally jailed in Lawrence County before being moved to the Marion County Correctional facility in November
The autopsy report on the death has yet to be released, a process that normally takes six to eight weeks. Based on the results of the autopsy, charges on Lowery could be upgraded to reflect the child's death.
Following the hearing Lowery was returned to jail in Columbia.