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Mom Defends Dad Accused of Abusing Infant

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:21 PM EDT

Brittany Turpin was barely able to speak knowing her six month old baby girl is clinging to life.  "I don't know.  I just want to know.  I want to know what happened.  I want to know what happened to my baby girl," she said.

Turpin also described the child's injuries.  "She has trauma to the head and bleeding to the brain."

Henderson County sheriff's deputies told News 13's Mario Boone baby Ericka's own father, 25-year-old Ryan Swaby, caused her injuries.  "He's charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury," said Capt. Frank Stout.

Little Ericka's condition was discovered Tuesday evening when the child was taken to Pardee Hospital.  Once doctors realized how severe baby Ericka's injuries were she was brought to Mission Hospital and rushed into surgery. 

"But she's...She's going to make it through," said Turpin.

Turpin sent me a photo of the family of four which showed happier times and said Swaby had never been violent to her or their kids.  "I don't believe he did it intentionally.  He wouldn't hurt his kids.  He wouldn't hurt me.  No."

By: Mario Boone,
Follow on Twitter: @marioboone

Mom Defends Dad Accused of Abusing Infant

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