1-year-old burned, in hospital; Port Gibson baby sitter jailed

Published 11:14 am Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Port Gibson woman was in the Claiborne County Jail charged with felony child abuse in the burning of a 1-year-old child, said Freddie Yarbrough, chief deputy sheriff for Claiborne County.

Vocia Coleman, 23, 1084 Ross Lane, was arrested Saturday at 9:15 a.m., Yarbrough said, after the baby’s mother reported the abuse Friday, Yarbrough said.

Coleman had been baby-sitting the child while his mother was at school, said the deputy.

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The baby, who was burned below the waist and on his legs, had either been placed in scalding water or had it poured over him, said Yarbrough.

He was treated for second-degree burns at Patient’s Choice Hospital in Port Gibson, transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson and then sent to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., where he underwent skin graft surgery, Yarbrough said. A condition report on the child was not available.

Coleman was being held on a $10,000 bond.