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Mom, boyfriend charged with kicking baby boy in the head

3:18 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
David Lee Francis, Melissa Darnell Shillings
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An Oak Ridge couple is facing aggravated child abuse and assault charges, after a 7-month-old baby was kicked in the head while they were fighting.

Oak Ridge Police arrested the infant's mother, 35-year-old Melissa Darnell Shillings, and Shillings' fiance, 38-year-old David Lee Francis, on Saturday.

According to court documents, Shillings hit Francis twice while holding her 7-month-old son. Francis then kicked Shillings in the head, also hitting the infant.

An ambulance took the 7-month old to East Tennesee Children's Hospital.  The boy was treated and released that evening from the hospital and is in state custody.

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