JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department
In August 2015, the Department of Human Services received a complaint from the maternal grandmother of a 2 year old, with suspicion of child abuse. The grandmother claimed she had picked up the child from her former son-in-law, James F. Baker, 24 of Laurel, and noticed excessive bruising on the child's buttocks and right leg. DHS turned the complaint over to the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
The grandmother was further questioned and told investigators that Baker had "whipped" the child with a leather belt after the child had a bedwetting accident. Photos were taken of the injuries.
A warrant was issued for Baker on August 16, 2015. He was arrested, charged with Felonious Child Abuse and transported to the Jones County Adult Detention Center. Baker did admit to "whipping" the child and said he had applied a cream to the area.
Baker will have his initial appearance at Jones County Justice Court on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 3pm, before Judge David Lyons.