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Jury indicts teen mom
The mother of a now 6-month-old Glynn County girl has been indicted along with the girl's father on charges of cruelty to children.

Kaitlin Nicole Collins, 17, is accused of leaving her baby, Ma'Kayla Reed, alone with her father when she had reason to think he would hurt the infant.

The indictment comes three months after Genoa Jaquan Reed, 21, father of Ma'Kayla Reed, was arrested in November 2013 for allegedly abusing his then 3-month-old daughter to the point that police have said she may face a lifetime of brain damage and paralysis. He is accused of aggravated battery in addition to the child cruelty charges.

The indictment, handed down by a Glynn County Grand Jury Feb. 5 and acquired by The News Wednesday, details the abuse and accuses Reed of causing spinal cord injuries and paralysis and inflicting blunt force trauma resulting in a fractured skull. He also is accused of squeezing his daughter hard enough to fracture ribs and fracture her legs.

Reed and Collins are both accused of depriving their daughter of baby formula and putting a pillow over her face as she cried.

Collins is facing one count of cruelty to children in the first degree and two counts of cruelty to children in the second degree.

Reed is facing one count of aggravated battery for allegedly causing the spinal cord damage and paralysis, four counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and one count of cruelty to children in the second degree.

Reed has been in custody at the Glynn County Detention Center since he was arrested Nov. 15, 2013. Collins has been there since she was indicted Feb. 5.

Ma'Kayla's current condition and who has custody of her is unclear.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at mhall@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.



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