Hub City man jailed, charged with child abuse

Hub City man jailed, charged with child abuse
Steven Smith Source: Forrest County Jail

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man is behind bars for allegedly abusing a toddler in the Hub City.

Steven Smith, 28, was arrested Thursday night and charged with child abuse, causing serious bodily harm intentionally.

Police responded to 1810 Country Club Road at Bonhomie Apartments in reference to a disturbance.

"When officers arrived they found the mother of the child who advised she left the suspect (Smith) watching the child for a short period of time," Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said. "When the mother returned, the child was found with marks."

The injuries were not life threatening, but the child was taken to a local hospital to be checked out, according to Traxler.

Smith was booked into the Forrest County Jail, and the investigation is ongoing.