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Teen Accused of Abusing Infant, Breaking Bones

Dustin Michael Lewis, 18, of Cartersville, was arrested and charged cruelty to children and aggravated battery in connection with the 6-week-old baby's injuries, including a knot on the head.

A local teen has been arrested in connection with a large knot on a 6-week-old baby's head.

Cartersville Police Department Chief Tommy Culpepper said in a news release that Dustin Michael Lewis, 18, of Cartersville, was arrested following the Jan. 30 incident.

The child's mother took her to the emergency room at Cartersville Medical Center for treatment of the knot on her head. Further examination revealed the infant also had broken ribs, a fractured skull, a broken left tibula and a broken left femur.

The mom, also 18, told police her boyfriend was in the bedroom of a West Carter Street home, feeding the baby and he came into the living room, saying the baby had a small knot on her head, according to the incident report, attached. The next morning, the baby woke her screaming and crying as if in pain and the knot had enlarged, she said.

Police interviewed several individuals, but arrested Lewis, who was charged with cruelty to children and aggravated battery. He is currently in custody at the Bartow County jail.

The infant was placed in state custody for her safety and the investigation continues.

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Robert Jake hufstetler February 01, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I just don't believe it this is crazy af iv known this kid since I was 5 years old he was real good people , an to hear this ... Smh
Andrew Cyrus Sanford February 01, 2013 at 07:11 PM
I can't belive my own cuzin would do such a thing to a beautiful child . the mom is already upset about it and she needs as much help as she can get . i wish i knew why he would do that tosuch a helpless child .
DTrice February 01, 2013 at 07:50 PM
How could the mother not have known the baby was being abused??? And now the baby is going home with her?? Makes me sick I hope they keep a close tab on her this makes me sick.
Ashley Mitchell February 01, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Ive known the mother for years she would never do that to her own child she is way to sweet her and i basically grew up together the baby is a lot safer with her
Gayla February 01, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Babies having babies...so sad for all involved. Prayers for the family.
Kristen February 02, 2013 at 12:01 AM
That baby will get justice , my question is we're was the mom when this happened as soon as she saw the knot she should've taken the child to Er. They need to arrest her too for neglect . What is this world coming too? Thank God the poor Angel is in state custody
Brande Poulnot (Editor) February 02, 2013 at 12:08 AM
We've deleted some comments that violated our terms of use, including the agreement that our users will not post language that is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive; or threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; or that promotes or encourages violence. http://cartersville.patch.com/terms Please remember Lewis has been accused, not convicted.
Candice Caskey February 02, 2013 at 12:14 AM
This is sick there are people in this world that cant have children, then you turn around and hear garbage like this. People like this shouldn't be allowed to have children.
Carlieberger February 02, 2013 at 03:04 AM
She is like my sister I know her she would never do anything to hurt her baby. Please just leave her alone. She has been thro a lot. And she has a baby to stay strong for. She cant be strong with people in her face.
Carlieberger February 02, 2013 at 03:06 AM
And the mom was at work. You know that thing people do to feed thir family
Judy Chitwood February 02, 2013 at 05:11 AM
The article said the baby was placed in state custody, which means it did not go home with Mom either. Believe me, a 6 week old baby does not get a knot on the head, broken skull, broken ribs and 2 more broken bones by itself. This was done by a person.
Sharlene Hines February 02, 2013 at 11:12 AM
We have to get a license to drive,to carry a weapon,to hunt....pass tests to teach,to nurse,to protect & serve...among countless other things.....PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE PARENTING CLASSES BEFORE THEY HAVE CHILDREN!
psychnurse February 02, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Praying for a full recovery for this innocent precious baby!!!! I hope the authorities get to the bottom of this and find the responsible party(s)
Karma February 02, 2013 at 03:00 PM
The mother did the right thing by taking the child to the hospital, she didn't cover up for boyfriend. She is a young mother and probably didn't think of abuse/neglect. What could a 6 week old infant do to have a knot on the head? Crawling infant, I could see a bumps and bruises happening. I pray the infant is ok and no permanent damage.
Carlieberger February 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
The fathe has admitted to all the baby's injuries. The baby is going home with her innocent mother.
Cassi Lynn Tibbetts February 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Ugh. I knew this was going to happen when they started dating. I tried to tell the mother, but love blinds and she was drunk with it. She loves completely, which is both a vice & a virtue. Dustin, that baby girl is her life's joy and you dared to try and take it from her. I hope you rot in jail for as long as humanly possible, because you deserve it and so much more. To the mother; we all love you and I hope you know that. Your little one will be back in your arms soon, just keep that in mind and know we're all here for you.
Cassi Lynn Tibbetts February 02, 2013 at 07:23 PM
She was at work...She was the one who had a job between the two of them.
WE BELIEVE IN YOU February 02, 2013 at 10:00 PM
People need to not run their mouths unless they know the facts. You need to think how you would feel if this was happening to your family, The mother did the right thing by carrying the child to the ER. She and her family are in enough pain without having people on here slamming them more. Have some Respect for them as you would want respect for yourself if this was happening in your family
Haley little February 03, 2013 at 01:29 AM
I've know Dustin since I was little, and he's my ex boyfriend I know him so well, ad I can't bring myself to believe he would do this, he not violet at all, he's always been a sweet, loving boy.
Ms. Lewis February 03, 2013 at 04:19 AM
As a member of the family, I know first hand the abuse happened over a period of time. It didn't happen all at once while the mother was a work. This baby had broken bones for days if not weeks before the knot appeared and it was taken to the ER. She may be a good mother, but if she didn't notice her baby had broken bones, then she needs to be checked out before the baby is returned to her.
Bill sparks February 03, 2013 at 06:47 PM
This is what happens when children have children.
jan petitt February 04, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Mr. Lewis if you have known for weeks that abuse was taking place and didn't do something to stop it, then you should be held accountable also. What is wrong with you?
Always an Emerson girl! February 04, 2013 at 05:48 AM
Ms. Lewis, YOU need to be jailed as well if, as you say, "I know first hand the abuse happened over a period of time..." What kind of monster are you that you would know and not do anything? That baby must have been abused practically if not every day if it did indeed happen over a period of time because the baby is ONLY SIX WEEKS OLD! Excuse me, I have to go puke.
Ms. Lewis February 06, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I didn't know before the baby was taken to the ER that the abuse was happening. I asked the mother straight out AFTER he was arrested and she told me herself it happened over a period of time. That is how I know. If I had known while it was happening I would've called the police a long time ago.
sabrina February 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM
okay as a young mother myself when your a new mom you dont know alot of stuff i pretty took my daughter to the ER all the time and plus she trusted dustin y wud she think he was hurting her baby how do you know what she was thinking? maybe she asked him how did that bump happen who did it when did it happen? He could of lied you dont know, i still find it hard to believe he did n i didnt have his kid and i wasnt there so put yourself in her shoes. no one is perfect, shes a good mom and being away from her daughter when she needs her daughter just as much as her daughter needs her must be hard on her. she goes to school and work he watched their baby. ima tell you a story my father did terrible things my mom cant stand him, when my sister and me were little my mom had to live wit him including use my mom couldnt even sleep but for her to have a roof over our head and give us food thats what she had to do. the moment the mom found out her baby was being abused and someone was hurting her do you think even for a second that it was dustin? of course people want to blame the mother when she didnt do it! its different if for years she picked the man n watched her baby be abused, the moment she found out she took the baby to the ER.......just leave her alone shes going threw enough and about half of you know nothing that happened cause you werent there. Liz if your reading this crap people are saying dont listen to it. I know you love you little girl
J D Fowler February 23, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Is there an update to this story. How is the baby doing and is she back home with her mother? They are still in my prayers.
Hope4tmw@yahoo.com February 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The mom deserves her baby back. She didn't do anything, and if she took her baby to the ER the baby is SAFE with her.
Catherine Berger March 03, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Update please
Betty Utberg May 27, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The child needs to be taken into protective custody! Let the authorities figure out if the mother "deserves" to have the child back. "She didn't do anything" comment, obviously she didn't or the child wouldn't have multiple injuries over a 6 week period! A mother's first priority is to protect her child regardless of how old the mother is. If she was too young to stand up for this baby she should have put it up for adoption!
Savannah LovesMatt Rumans November 02, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Im a little late on this.. all I have to say is this made me cry. I knew Dustin but I didnt know him very long. For the mom im proud of you for not trying to cover for dustin when he did wrong. But one thing I have to ask im not trying to b rude but if the baby had broken bones for weeks wouldnt some one have seen the bruses and swelling from em. ? IM JUST GLAD THE BABY IS SAFE . Id like to hear an update on baby Shylow if thats possible. ..

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