19-month-old on life support dies, suspect charged with capital murder

Crime

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (7/29): A 19-month-old girl who was on life support Tuesday after suffering from “significant head trauma” has died.

According to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect in the case, 28-year-old Felix Tabb, has now been charged with capital murder. He is being held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail without bond.

ORIGINAL (7/28): A child is on life support after suffering life-threatening injuries while being watched by an acquaintance of her mother.

On Saturday around 1:30 p.m., the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit responded to Druid City Hospital on the reports of a 19-month-old girl suffering from significant head trauma. 

The child was then airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. The injuries were life-threatening and indicative of severe abuse or trauma, authorities report.

TVCU worked throughout the weekend locating witnesses and executing search warrants and later found that the mother left her daughter with an acquaintance for several hours in the 3700 block of 3rd Avenue East in Tuscaloosa.

This acquaintance has been identified as Felix Tabb, 28.

The injury to the 19-month-old was determined to have occurred in the time frame of Tabb’s supervision, TVCU reports. Physical evidence was located at the residence that showed that the child was injured under his care.

Late Monday night, Tabb was located and interviewed. At this time, the child is in critical care life support and her survival is unknown.

Tabb is charged with first-degree assault and committed to jail, with his bond set at a later date. These charges can and will be upgraded dependent on the outcome of the 19-month-old on life support, authorities say.


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