Warrant issued for mother of often-injured baby

An Augusta woman was indicted this week after authorities found her 1-year-old daughter had suffered a string of serious injuries that kept her in and out of the hospital from the day she was born.

The indictment alleges Evita Butler, 26, of the 1000 block of Amli Way, committed second-degree cruelty to children by not providing a safe and healthy living environment for her child.

Between July 18, 2008, and Sept. 1, 2009, the baby suffered fractures to her forearm, three ribs, a tibia, a fibula, had bleeding from both eyes, bleeding on the brain, a lacerated liver and internal bleeding in the abdomen.

Thelma Gilchrist, an investigator with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office who worked the case, said the girl was initially taken to a hospital for a broken leg. A few weeks later, they returned to the hospital for compression to the child's toes, which the mother blamed on the cast being too tight.

About a week after that, the child was returned to the hospital with a burn to her arm. The mother said the burn occurred while the child was being cared for by her father, Investigator Gilchrist said.

Authorities have been unable to locate the father but they think that all the incidents, aside from the burn, happened while the girl was being cared for by her mother.

The Richmond County Superior Court case is assigned to Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet and an outstanding grand jury warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Staff Writer Sandy Hodson contributed to this article.

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