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A$25,000 bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff couple after their child was taken to a Little Rock hospital for injuries that a doctor said “appeared to be child abuse.”
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Jaquan Lasley, 23, and Keyeisha Ford, 22, with endangering the welfare of a minor and permitting abuse.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Detective Mike Sweeney, officers on Saturday were sent to Jefferson Regional Medical Center to assist an investigator with the Arkansas State Police who works with the Crimes Against Children and Families Unit.
They then accompanied the investigator to a house in the 4400 block of West Burnett Street to continue the investigation and to check the welfare of other children there.
The 1-and-a-half-year-old child at the hospital had an injury to the right eye, which was almost swollen closed, a broken left arm, what appeared to be a bite mark to the abdomen, multiple bruises and scrapes and other marks to the arms and legs, which appeared to be older injuries.
When Ford was questioned, she said she saw the infant’s eye and asked Lasley about it since he had been babysitting while she was at work; he allegedly said he did not know how the injury happened.
Ford also allegedly said that over the past six weeks, she had noticed injuries to the child but did not report them because she did not want to lose her children to DHS.
A relative of Ford who also lived in the house told police she had seen Lasley beat the children while Ford watched.
The infant had been brought to the hospital by his grandmother and was later transferred to Arkansas