Baby allegedly abused by babysitter home from the hospital

Contributed photo of 3-month-old Baby Mason prior to the injury.

On Tuesday, March 23, a Monroe woman got a call at work that is every mother’s nightmare. The woman was Kimberly Hewell and the call was from a friend who was taking care of Hewell’s 3-month-old baby, Mason.

Injuries to Baby Mason

“She called me crying and told me that she didn’t know what was wrong, but she was freaking out because Mason’s face was swelling up really badly. I asked her to send me a Pic and immediately dialed 911 hoping against all hope that it was an accident. The ambulance got to my house and instantly asked if there was any chance he’d been dropped (there wasn’t) and my stomach fell. As time went on and more police officers questioned her she kept changing her story. I held out hope that this woman who I’d grown close with and left my son with on several occasions because I truly trusted her was just scared of getting in trouble for whatever accident occurred,” Hewell wrote in a post on Facebook. “I was informed that after hours of being questioned she admitted to striking him across the face twice. My world was shattered. How could someone do something to such a sweet and loving boy. To such a wonderful 3-month-old. TO MY BABY.”

The baby was transported to Piedmont Walton by ambulance and then flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Children’s for treatment. During the investigation, Monroe Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division allegedly found probable cause to charge Kellista Shuree Cox with cruelty to children in the 1st degree and aggravated battery. Detectives continue to actively investigate the incident. Cox is currently being held at Walton County Detention Center charged with the cruelty to children and aggravated battery charges as well as marijuana possession less than 1 oz, possession, use of drug related objects and possession/manufacture of controlled substance. (Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction)

The good news, however, is that Hewell says Baby Mason is now home and “doing fine.”

“His face is sore and bruised but luckily there was no bleeding on his brain and he has no broken bones as we could see on his X-Rays,” Hewell said. She said she wanted to give a update on the baby’s condition direct from the mother “and to warn everyone that you never know what someone is capable of doing.”

Hewell said she is now terrified to leave her baby with anyone.

“My entire world was flipped upside down. Words can’t express the anger, shame, and betrayal I feel due to her,” Hewell said.

Baby Mason’s aunt, Crystal Wooton, and Candace Black, have started a gofundme account in an attempt to help Hewell and her fiancé deal with the disruption as they help Baby Mason recover.

“He is home and doing well, thank God, but the next few weeks will indeed be rough,” Wooten said.

“We have been told that due to this being a criminal matter Mason’s medical bills will be taken care of through financial assistance with the state. However, due to this horrific incident the household is down to one income as the mother will stay home with Mason for a few weeks to make sure he has a full recovery,” Wooten said on the Gofundme Account, noting the financial strain it is going to put on the family. “I decided to reach in hopes to make this journey they are facing a little easier on them until everyday life can get back to normal. If you are interested in helping, no matter the amount, it would be a blessing for them. The money would go towards rent, utilities, food, diapers and formula for Mason.” 

Anybody interested in contributing to the Gofundme account can do so at this link.

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