Children's home employee arrested for abuse

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the attorney general's office

A Tupelo children's home employee has been arrested for abuse of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Whitney Nichole Foy, 27, of Shannon, turned herself in to the Lee County Sheriff's Office Monday following indictment by a Lee County Grand Jury for one count of Felonious Abuse of a Vulnerable Person. The indictment alleges that Foy bit a six year old child on the arm, causing injury, while employed at a privately owned facility in Tupelo which houses children who are in custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Foy was released from custody after posting a $10,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.