Father accused of shaking baby to death

By Danza Johnson
Daily Journal

FULTON – A 4-month-old girl’s father is charged with her murder.

Joshua Clark, 24, of 2300 Highway 371, Nettleton, is in the Itawamba County Jail on $1 million bond after allegedly fatally shaking his daughter, Kelly Clark, last weekend.

Kelly died Monday at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis after she was taken there Saturday night from Amory’s Gilmore Hospital.

Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said autopsy reports show Kelly died from shaken baby syndrome.

“We received a call Sunday from Le Bonheur saying that they had a child who may have been a victim of shaken baby syndrome,” said Dickinson, who is in his first week as sheriff. “After investigating, we learned that the father of the child had been home alone with the children and had possibly harmed them.”

The autopsy also reveals Kelly had broken ribs that were in the healing stage, possibly indicating the child may have been injured previously.

Kelly’s twin brother, whose name was not released, also may have been shaken. Friday, he was still in Le Bonheur being treated for internal injuries, according to Dickinson. He said they are waiting to see what happens with the second child before Clark is charged with anything else.

The children’s mother, whose name is not being released, reportedly was in Tupelo with friends at the time of the incident and Dickinson said she’s the one who discovered the injuries to the children and took them to the local hospital.

A 5-year-old and 2-year-old were in the house as well, but Dickinson said the children, who had no signs of abuse, are in the custody of the Department of Human Services until the investigation is completed.

Contact Danza Johnson at 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.