March 28, 2024

Rankin County Jury Finds Father Guilty of Felonious Abuse of Child

Therese Apel

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced that 24-year-old Timothy Warren Wilson of Foxworth, MS, was found guilty by a Rankin County Circuit Court jury of one count of felonious child abuse.

Circuit Court Judge Dewey Arthur presided over the five-day trial. After the guilty verdict was handed down, Arthur set sentencing for May 13, 2024, where Wilson faces a sentence of 5 years to life in prison.

On December 19, 2022, Flowood Fire and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to Lakeland East Apartments in Flowood in response to reports of an unresponsive 10-week-old child.

Upon arrival at the hospital, medical personnel found the infant to have bleeding in three parts of her brain, as well as bleeding in both eyes.

During the thorough investigation, Wilson, the father of the 10-week-old, was identified as the perpetrator.

On December 29, 2022, he verbally confessed to being at home alone with the infant and shaking her out of frustration. According to Wilson’s separate written confession, he “shook her for roughly 15 seconds until she was silent.”

The Defendant’s defense throughout the trial was that the child had a seizure that resulted in her severe injuries.

The state brought in witnesses and the state’s pediatric forensic medicine expert to testify that seizures would not have resulted in the severity of injuries seen in this 10-week-old infant.

Instead, the baby suffered from Abusive Head Trauma, often referred to as Shaken Baby Syndrome.

“The coordination between the Flowood Police Department, Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, and the Children’s Safe Center at UMMC were second to none,” stated District Attorney Bramlett. “Every individual involved in this case was vital in bringing justice to this infant. Nobody, especially an innocent infant, should ever have to endure such horrendous brutality, especially at the hands of their father. We are thankful the child made a full recovery from its injuries, and we hope the victim, family members, and other loved ones can continue their healing process.”

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