Augusta couple pleads guilty to child abuse

The parents of a 2-year-old who was found covered in rashes and scabs pleaded guilty to child abuse.

Carolyn D. Jackson, 29, and Barret A. Brown, 30, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to cruelty to children in the second degree. Judge Daniel J. Craig accepted a plea negotiation and sentenced each to 10 years probation. Jackson was granted First Offender status.

Assistant District Attorney Pierce Blitch said on May 26 a sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a concerned citizen who overhead Jackson yelling into a phone about someone else taking care of the child. Jackson and Brown were living in a filthy hotel room with the child, who has a skin condition that was worsened by the living conditions.

The child is now in the custody of one of Jackson’s relatives. Conditions of Jackson’s and Brown’s probation sentences include making child support payments and complying with the Department of Family and Children Services.

Jackson’s mother is taking care of three other children by the couple.

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