According to Sheriff Dee Stewart, investigators were summoned to Spalding Regional Medical Center three weeks ago regarding the child, whose injuries were so serious he was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for medical care.
An investigation was then initiated by Sgt. Sheryl Brown, who later requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation due to what authorities call “conflicting stories” initially provided by Sanders.
“With the discrepancies noted, Sgt. Brown, Sgt. (Julie) Gates and the GBI began reconstructing the incident and conducting interviews with family members,” Stewart said in a press release.
Stewart went on to say that once the reconstruction and interviews were completed, it was determined that the statements provided by Sanders “did not coincide with the injuries to the child.”
Investigators then met with hospital doctors at which time forensic medical personnel from the state crime lab presented their evidence, along with evidence from the child’s treating physicians.
It was this meeting which led to the arrest of Sanders, Stewart said.
“We are happy that the child is now out of the hospital and in the custody of family members, but has a long road of recovery,” Stewart said. “I cannot go into details of the injuries to the child at this time because the investigation is continuing.”
In addition to the injured 8-week-old child, Stewart said a second child also was removed from the residence by the Spalding County Department of Family and Children Services and placed in the custody of family members.