An Augusta mother has been charged after nurses said she had taped her 2-year-old son’s mouth shut to keep him quiet.
Georgia Regents University police were called to the hospital Sunday after a nurse entered a room where the boy was being treated and discovered his mouth “disfigured,” an incident report states.
The nurse told police the mother, Stephanie Nicole Harris, 21, of Second Avenue, admitted to putting tape over his mouth because he was making too much noise.
The nurse told officers she feared that the child, who has several medical conditions, could have aspirated. The report states the child is nonverbal but will moan.
The mother changed her story in a written statement, saying, “We was in the room playing around and I put tape on his mouth as a joke ... wasn’t harming him or anything.”
The nurse told officers the tape had been described as three pieces straight across, covering all parts of the mouth without any way for him to get air.
GRU officers took Harris into custody several hours later on charges of deprivation of a minor. She also was issued a criminal trespass warning that bans her from all GRU property.