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Parents jailed after infant hospitalized with broken limbs, burns, and bites

Parents jailed after infant hospitalized with broken limbs, burns, and bites
Posted at 2:40 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 17:53:59-05

PETERSBURG, Va. -- A mother and father were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, child endangerment, and failing to provide aid to the child after their infant son was hospitalized in critical condition.

Lisa Lee, 34, and Martino Jackson, 29, of Petersburg, were arrested after Lee drove her three-month-old son to Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville for treatment, according to police. The baby was then transferred to VCU Medical Center in Richmond due to his injuries.

Petersburg Police Captain Emanuel Chambliss calls it one of the worst cases of child abuse he has encountered in his 30 years,

The child was hospitalized with two broken legs, two broken arms, broken ribs, broken sternum, and a fractured skull. The baby was also bitten and burned.

"We're not sure what type of burns, they're some old, some new," Chambliss said. "They're bite marks, some old, some new. So, at this point, we're not sure what type of instrument was used to burn the child."

The bite marks were made by a person, not an animal, police added.

The child is in a medically induced coma due to the nature of the life-threatening injuries.

Police searched the couple's Petersburg East apartment Sunday and found other evidence of violence.

Lee and Jackson are being held at Riverside Regional Jail with no bond.

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