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Senath woman charged with assaulting child with frying pan

Friday, July 13, 2012

Tameca Bryant
SENATH, Mo -- A Senath woman has been charged by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's office with domestic assult in the first degree, armed criminal action, and a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges stem from an incident on June 2, 2012, when 23-year-old, Tameca Bryant hit her two year old son in the head with a 12 inch cast iron skillet, says Senath Cheif of Police Omar Karnes.

Bryant waited until the next day to seek medical attention for the toddler, according to reports.

The child was treated at Twin River's Regional Medical Center in Kennett, and Leboheur hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for a more extensive examination.

At Leboheur hospital, officals say the toddler was diagnosed with a broken left arm, skull fracture on the left side of the head, Subdural Hematoma on the left side of the brain, bruises and dried blook in his left ear, as well as bruises, welts, and marks on his body.

The Senath Police Department was contacted by Family Services, which started the month-long investigation involving the Senath Police Department, Dunklin County Sherif's office, the Missouri Division of Family Services, the Dunklin County Juvenille Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol.

A warrent was issued for Bryant on Thursday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. She is currently being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center on a $100,000 bond.

Bryant has not yet given a reason for why she hit the child with the iron skillet. At this time, Cheif Karnes says he does not believe drugs or alcohol was involved during the time of the incident.

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This is a very disturbing news article. I have 3 young grandchildren that stay with me all of the time. I can not understand how anyone could hurt a small child like that. If someone did that to my grandkids I would have to be charged with a very serious crime, like murder or something--this woman deserves the maximum punishment allowable by law. I can't understand why the charge of attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon were not also added??

This young child may survive the physical damage inflicted, hopefully he will, but he may never heal emotionally. It will take a loving and caring person raising this child to hopefully help him thru the physical and mental torture he has experienced.

-- Posted by Retiree62 on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 1:49 PM

And she is smiling WHY?

-- Posted by Jim P on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 2:42 PM

she has to be NUTS!!!! but our great rehab we have in the county will assess her, give her counciling and then nerve pills and a nut check, the toddler on the other hand is scarred for life. God help us

-- Posted by gmdriver on Fri, Jul 13, 2012, at 4:04 PM

You've misspelled the term Subdural Hematoma in your report. Indeed a Subdural Hematoma is a life threatening condition caused when there is arterial bleeding giving rise to a blood clot between the skull and the brain. The increased pressure can quickly lead to brain damage and death, and often necessitates that a hole be drilled in the skull to remove the clot and release the pressure.

-- Posted by Bcbmda on Sun, Jul 15, 2012, at 10:39 AM

Does this child have a (known) Dad? If so, should he be a part of this story? I am hoping and praying to our Great God that this little fellow attains complete healing from the brutle attacks he has had to go through. I further hope that he is placed in a home where he will be loved and properly taken care of. This woman, if she is guilty, should never be allowed to see him again. She needs, if guilty, to spend many years in the State of Missouri Pen.

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Mon, Jul 16, 2012, at 1:39 PM

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