A 24-year-old Hendersonville man was charged with felony child abuse after an investigation that started when a woman told a deputy conducting a traffic stop "about an infant being hurt and needing an ambulance."
The Henderson County sheriff's department charged Michael Laviell Thompson with felony child abuse after he surrendered to authorities at the Henderson County jail at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
An officer was conducting an unrelated traffic stop at 11:30 last Friday night "when a vehicle approached his location and stopped in the roadway," the sheriff's department said. "The officer could hear a female screaming inside the vehicle" about the baby who was hurt. "The infant's mother stated she had gone to pick up some food and received a call from Thompson indicating the infant had fallen and hit her head."
The officer called EMS to treat the baby. The 10-month-old was transported to Mission Hospital. She remains in critical but stable condition. Thompson, the baby's father, was jailed under an $80,000 bond.
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