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Georgia Father Accused of Violently Shaking Infant Son

Kirk Lee Mitchell, 23, of Douglasville, is accused of child cruelty, sending baby son to Scottish Rite with severe injuries.

Kirk Lee Mitchell, 23, is accused of child cruelty. Douglas County Jail.
Kirk Lee Mitchell, 23, is accused of child cruelty. Douglas County Jail.

A Douglasville man is facing child cruelty charges for violently shaking his 5-week-old baby son, leaving him in critical condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

The AJC reports Kirk Lee Mitchell was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree child cruelty.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Capt. Bruce Ferguson told the AJC, “He admitted to this.”

According to jail records, Mitchell, 23, is listed as a South Quail Drive resident. He is being held at the county jail without bond.

Mitchell lives with the son and the baby’s mother, but the two are not married, Ferguson said.

According to the Douglas County Sentinel, Mitchell appeared before the Chief Magistrate Judge on Wednesday, when bail was denied.

The newspaper quoted Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jay Hayes as saying Mitchell “admits to violently shaking the child so hard that he popped his back while he was shaking the child.” Hayes said the child suffered broken ribs, fractured skull and subdural hemorrhaging.

The Sentinel reported Mitchell told the judge, “I just got mad. I never meant to hurt my son.”

Read more on this story here, including more of what Mitchell told the judge.

Lisa G March 07, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Linda Sue - you are a better human being than I. Broken ribs, fractured skull , and "popped his back"? This guy needs to never again be allowed near a child. Praying for this poor baby as he recovers.
David Brown March 07, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Excuse me for being old-fashioned and conservative, but this story is another reason why folks should wait until marriage before having sex and having children.
Carlos Menezes March 07, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Probably nothing wrong with having sex at the age of 23. You just don't need to have children. But then again they teach that both at home and at school, right?
Sandra March 08, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Where are the pro-life advocates now?????
JAZMAINE KOKASON MITCHELL March 18, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Some people should not be parents...I see more people who shouldn't have kids and tge ones who really want kids and will love and take care of them can't even have kids...God should of said no

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