Police: Baby Had Broken Ribs

(Memphis) A 7-month-old baby was recovering Thursday after police said his parents did not do their job.

Eighteen-year-old Lashonta Shields and 20-year-old Eric Harris, Sr., are in jail and facing child abuse and neglect charges.

The baby, whom police described as “severely underweight,” lived with his parents at Peppertree Apartments.

“I mean it hurts,” Betty Gaines said. “Why would you do that? If you don’t want it, give it away. Don’t have him.”

Gaines has lived in the complex for 25 years, checking on neighbors and knowing what’s going on.  However, she had no idea what police said happened between the three months before charges were filed.

“I didn’t hear anything about it. I’m just now learning about that. I didn’t know anything about that,” Gaines explained.

According to Memphis Police, the 7-month-old was taken to the hospital in December, and an x-ray revealed broken ribs.

The child was treated and released back to his parents, but a report shows Shield and Harris never followed up.

The affidavit explains prescriptions were never filled, four appointments were missed, another five appointments were canceled, and a home health nurse was told they were not welcome.

After the nurse’s services were refused, the Department of Child Services called police, police filed charges, and the baby was taken away.

Kids played at a playground across the street from the apartment complex on Thursday. An adult watched, making sure the children were safe after tough news for any parent to hear.

“Yes. Especially about a baby. Come on. I can imagine how the parents are now. So I hope the baby (will) be alright,” Gaines said.

Both parents are expected in court Friday morning. They are being held on a $40,000 bond.

DCS is not able to say much because of the on-going investigation. The baby is being taken care of by family members.

DCS adds they will make sure he will get the medical attention he needs.

If you suspect child abuse being done, call the child abuse hotline at 877-237-0004.

15 comments

  • snowdemoncorrectorandhater

    This is unacceptable. See what copying the behavior of your mental oppressor does.

  • kay

    how many times does this happen and no one ever discovers it until they finally take the child to the doctor/hospital. POS, wasting air and space, not good for anything. she is probably pregnant with another child. people please if you don’t want the kids, give them up or better yet, figure out what causes this and STOP having kids>

      • Lashonta Shields

        IM THE MOTHER IF THE CHILD AND THATS NOT THE TRUE.. YHR MEDIA LIED BUT MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL…..LEARN THE TRUE…IM A GREAT MON AND GO TO SCHOOL AND THE DAD IS A GOOD SUPPORTER…

  • Terrie

    IF this Betty Gaines has been “watching” for 25 years, the entire time she’s been there you can not tell me she didn’t SEE SOMETHING !! She just didn’t want to call them out and now she’s trying to sound so concerned & surprised. No Ms. Gaines! If you really want to ‘WATCH THE KIDS” To keep these kids from harm then REPORT it when you see it and you KNOW you see some things that don’t look right or…………..SHUT UP!
    I hope these POS get life & the baby never knows who they are!!!

  • Hard Truths

    If he was in Le Bonheur with broken ribs in December — at 3 or 4 months of age — why didn’t CPS intervene back then?

    As for the parents — lock them up and throw away the key.

  • mr.matt

    the mere fact anyone would defend or justify or somehow blame h0nkys for this proves how sick you mudbeast are

    • Bobby Stokes

      Matt

      Mudbeast? What planet did you come from? You are as low down as low can get calling people out of the name. You will be the same color when you die. No one will ever know your true color. That’s why you are buried the same day you die.
      No one is blaming the hOnky’s or trying to defend or justify anything.

      I hope the parents get the same thing the baby got, while being incarcerated.

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