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At GRU: Young Mom Tapes Mouth of Toddler


Officials at GRU Hospital have filed charges against a young mother who taped the mouth of her 2-year-old son to keep him quiet, according to authorities.

Stephanie Harris, 21, of Albany, Ga., was at the hospital Sunday when a nurse walked into the dark hospital room and noticed the child with a disfigured face. She discovered the mother had placed tape on the mouth of the child, who was born with Down syndrome, authorities said.

The nurse took the child out of the room as the mother exclaimed, “It is none of your damn business,” according to authorities.

The nurse took the child and removed the tape, and the boy ended up in the custody of DFACS.

When the suspect saw the nurse later, she said, “Did you turn me in?”

The nurse did, and Harris was arrested for deprivation of a minor and taken to the Richmond County Jail.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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