Altus Couple Awaits Court Appearance On Child Abuse Charge
ALTUS, Oklahoma - An Altus couple accused of seriously hurting their baby have been returned to Oklahoma following their arrest last month in Arizona.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Keilani Gomes and a 17-year-old male were taken into custody in Mesa, Arizona on a charge of assault and battery by force likely to produce death.
That charge was filed in November 2016.
The child, now nine months old, was taken to the hospital with a severe head injury and fractured vertebrae in both the neck and ribs.
Doctors told Altus Police, the injuries are consistent with non-accidental trauma, which means it could have been done on purpose.
The baby remains in critical condition at OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Court records show the couple has a court appearance set for February 2nd.