A Memphis, Tennessee, couple is behind bars for allegedly abusing the woman’s 3-month-old daughter to the point that she remains hospitalized.
Billy Sanders told WHBQ that his daughter Albreelynn is clinging to life after her mother’s boyfriend threw her against a wall.
“She didn’t do anything to stop it, and basically told the roommate to back off,” Sanders told the news station.
WREG reported that he took the girl to the hospital sometime in December and that she’s is currently in the state’s custody. He revealed that the infant has undergone two surgeries and that doctors believe she’s been harmed before.
“She had old blood and new blood on her head which indicated this wasn’t the first time this happened,” Sanders said. “Stitches all across her head, her poor little head is shaved and she has bruises on her arms and legs.”
The outraged father also told WMC-TV that there’s a “50/50 chance” that Albreelynn will never be able to walk or talk.
“I mean she’s 3 months old. She ain’t got to see the first thing in life, and now if she can focus that much, she has to be pushed around in a wheelchair her whole life.”
Despite her grim prognosis, Billy said his daughter is breathing on her own, opening her eyes, and moving her arms around.
The baby’s mother, McKenzie Flanigan, and boyfriend Cody Brown have been arrested in connection with the alleged abuse. WREG reported that Brown is facing felony child abuse charges while Flanigan is accused of being an accessory after the fact.
Brown and Flanigan are being held on $100,000 and $25,000 bonds, respectively.
Sanders claimed to have never met Brown but believed that Flanigan had been dating him for about a month and a half.
The infant’s father also revealed that he’s been fighting the Department of Children and Families for visitation privileges. He told WMC-TV that he hopes to gain full custody of his daughter–who will likely need round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.
“They might not have killed her, but I mean they took her life every way it went,” he said.
[Featured Image: Albreelynn Sanders/WREG video screenshot]