Hattiesburg woman charged with second count of child abuse

Hattiesburg woman charged with second count of child abuse
Quentasha Potrtis, 19, Hattiesburg, was arrested and charged Monday with felony child abuse/causing serious bodily harm-intentional. (Source: Hattiesburg Police Department)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg woman was arrested Monday and charged with felony child abuse.

Quentasha Portis, 19, was taken into custody outside a residence on Alder Lane after Hattiesburg police were called to perform a welfare check on a newborn about 6 p.m. Monday.

According to Hattiesburg police, Portis is accused of hurting a 3-week-old child. The police department did not go into detail about the abuse.

Portis was initially charged with one count of felony child abuse causing serious bodily harm-intentional and booked into the Forrest County Jail.

On Tuesday evening, police said Portis was charged with a second count of child abuse as the investigation progressed.

The newborn, as well as a 2-year-old, were turned over to other family members with the help of Child Protective Services, HPD said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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