Hattiesburg Woman Charged With Second Count of Child Abuse

Hattiesburg Woman Charged With Second Count of Child Abuse

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg woman was arrested Monday and charged with felony child abuse.

Quentasha Portis, 19, was taken into custody outside a residence on Alder Lane after Hattiesburg police were called to perform a welfare check on a newborn about 6 p.m. Monday.

According to Hattiesburg police, Portis is accused of hurting a 3-week-old child. The police department did not go into detail about the abuse.

Portis was initially charged with one count of felony child abuse causing serious bodily harm-intentional and booked into the Forrest County Jail.

On Tuesday evening, police said Portis was charged with a second count of child abuse as the investigation progressed.

The newborn, as well as a 2-year-old, were turned over to other family members with the help of Child Protective Services, HPD said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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