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Erica Lawson, Prosecutors say the child was sexually assaulted. She died Sunday night at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Prosecutors say a 17-month-old girl has died after being sexually assaulted in Middlesboro, Kentucky.
The girl, who was severely injured, was taken to the Middlesboro ARH Hospital on Friday, July 28. Due to the extent of her injuries, she was flown to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Erica Lawson is 21 years old.
17-Month-old Dies & Kentucky Mother Arrested For Abuse
“That somebody could be that sick out there to let this go on,” said Caley Ayers, from the Middlesboro Police Department. “I have seen some kids like that, but not that this age.”
Prosecutors confirmed the girl died Sunday night. Citations show that the girl’s mother, 21-year-old Erica Lawson, was arrested. She is being held at the Bell County Detention Center.
Lawson was charged with manslaughter, criminal abuse to a child under 12 years old, failure to report child abuse and wanton endangerment. Authorities said she could face more charges later.
“In my time with the commonwealth, this is one of the most severe cases of abuse, specifically because that baby is 17 months old at that time,” said Ayers.
Another arrest is expected. Police said the child’s father had not been charged with a crime as of Monday afternoon. They also said they were working to apprehend the second suspect.
“The mother and father were not together. The father is not a suspect at this time, but that could change,” said Ayers.
A candlelight vigil is planned at City Hall Tuesday evening for the girl.
“What is disheartening is the public’s response,” said Lynne Fugate, a Kentucky attorney. “If a child is abused, report it. Don’t withhold it, don’t go on—report it. Call someone. Do something because this could very well be a different outcome had that been the case.”
Following her death of her, Middlesboro Police started investigating who was responsible for the incident that caused the death of the little girl.
That same night, police interviewed the mother, Erica Lawson, 21, of Mount Vernon, who police said she was eventually arrested in connection with the case.
She is charged with manslaughter, failure to report child abuse, criminal abuse and wanton endangerment.
Police said they expect to make another arrest in this case soon.
Lawson was taken to the Bell County Detention Center.