Cruelty charges filed

Patrick Yost News

A Morgan County Grand Jury last week issued several cruelty to children indictments against the parents of an 8-month-old baby who remains on life support after receiving a head injury on July 1, 2017.

Andrew Grady Carson, 31, Madison, faces six counts of cruelty to children in the second degree and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree. His wife, Rebecca Mosley Carson, 27, Madison, faces six counts of cruelty to children in the second degree.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, authorities began an investigation on injuries the then 9-week-old male child of the couple sustained at the couple’s Bostwick Road residence. Investigators said Andrew Carson told them that he had the child in a bassinet on a rolling cart while he was cleaning the garage when an electrical cord got tangled in the cart wheels and caused the cart to topple over with the child striking its head on a concrete floor.

Emergency services were called to the house the next morning, investigators said.

According to Ocmulgee Judicial District Attorney Stephen Bradley, the child is currently on life support at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta.

The cruelty to children in the first degree, indictments state, against Andrew Carson relates to “… cruel and excessive physical pain by causing trauma to the head of (the child)…” in relation to the July 1 incident.

However, the remaining counts against both Andrew and Rebecca Carson allege that the child also suffered fractures to its ribs on two occasions as well as fractures to both legs and both arms sometime between the child’s birth on April 27, 2017 and the head injury incident on July 1, 2017.

Both Andrew Carson and Rebecca Carson were arrested last week and were placed in the Morgan County Detention Center. On Monday, both had a bail hearing before Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Amanda Petty. Judge Petty placed a $50,000 bail on each.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office records, both suspects had bonded out of jail on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Bradley said the indictments come after “a long and thorough investigation… us, DFCS (Department of Family and Children Services) and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office have been working on this…”

Bradley said during the Grand Jury, Dr. Stephen A. Messner, “the lead physician from the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta…” testified before the grand jury as to the nature of the injuries to the child.

Andrew Carson’s attorney, Foss Hodges, with the Decatur-based firm of Peters, Rubin and Sheffield, said in an email statement that “Andrew and Becca Carson are innocent. Everything we see in this case confirms that. They are good people, good parents, they love their children and would never intentionally hurt them. We are cooperating with the State and working diligently, preparing to demonstrate the truth in the case. We just ask the community not to rush to judgement about the case, about these parents, about this family.”

Madison Attorney Brad Evans is representing Rebecca Carson.

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