Ocean Springs family charged with abuse of toddler

Published 8:58 pm Thursday, May 7, 2009

Four members of an Ocean Springs family have been charged with abusing an 18-month-old child.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says deputies were alerted after the child received medical attention. He says the abuse allegedly occurred on April 30.

Byrd says 20-year-old James Hill Jr. is charged with sexual battery. Three others — 38-year-old James Hill Sr., 36-year-old Pamela Hill and the child’s mother, 18-year-old Tasha Hill — are each charged with felony child abuse.

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Byrd says all four were being held Thursday in the county jail pending an initial court appearance.