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January 4, 2013
A severe case of child abuse lands a father in jail.
Detectives say the man admitted to violently shaking his seven month old baby at least three times.
Authorities are learning more about what they believe happened inside this Chapmansboro home.
26 year old Wesley Eric Scott was caring for his newborn son, and allegedly injuring the baby so severely he nearly died.
"I've been in law enforcement going on 19 years, and this is probably the worst one I've had the case on, or ever seen," says Sgt. Travis Walker with the Cheatham Co. Sheriff's Dept.
The case began last week when Scott rushed his son to Gateway Medical Center. It wasn't long before suspicions grew.
Detectives say the medical staff at Gateway Medical Center first noticed the baby's injuries and called 911 to report a possible crime.
X-rays were done on the child which allegedly revealed numerous injuries.
"The infant had 24 rib fractures and also the scan showed he had two injuries to the skull," says Sgt. Walker.
Cheatham County Sgt. Travis Walker says Scott confessed to shaking the baby three times...squeezing his ribs, and snapping his head.
"He was tired, aggravated, trying to get some sleep, trying to work six days a week," says Sgt. Walker.
We spoke with the baby's maternal grandmother.
She didn't want to go on camera, but tells us the baby is improving and is now listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital.
While it is hoped he will recover, he still faces the possibility of brain damage.
Wesley Eric Scott is now in jail on a $500,000 bond.
Meanwhile, Detective Sgt. Travis Walker continues to develop evidence against the father of the little boy.
"I just can't fathom how bad it is for that child, and to be only seven weeks old," says Sgt. Walker.
The baby's mother has not been charged in this case, but the boy is now in state custody as he recovers at Vanderbilt.
Wesley Eric Scott will be in court next week.
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Friday, January 4 2013, 10:13 PM CST
Memphis libraries seeking funding
May 25, 2013 13:07 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The public library system in Memphis is hoping to secure $2.9 million to add employees and increase its collection.
The Memphis Daily News (http://bit.ly/19BANxH) reports the Memphis Public Library & Information Center cites the figures as part of its strategic plan.
A study by the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation found that during the past five years, the system's budget has been cut 21 percent and hours were reduced 20 percent.
The goal of the new funding would be to add 47 employees to the 18-location library system and increase the collections budget to $2 million from less than $1 million.
Library director Keenon McCloy says the plan is a "roadmap for the future."
Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com
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