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Texarkana couple charged in alleged physical abuse of 2-month-old

Mother allegedly broke baby’s arm and ribs and father allegedly failed to protect by Lynn LaRowe | November 29, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.
DOMINIQUE NICOLE BURNETT

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Physical abuse of a 2-month-old boy is at the center of felony charges facing a Texarkana, Arkansas, couple.

Dominique Nicole Burnett, 22, is charged with first-degree battery causing serious injury to a child under 4 years and Shawn Avery Burnett, 20, is charged with permitting the abuse of a minor. Arkansas State Police referred the case to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department for investigation in late August after the baby was seen at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

At the hospital, the baby was diagnosed with a broken right arm, a shoulder injury and rib fractures in various stages of healing, according to a probable cause affidavit. Dominique Burnett allegedly became angry when she could not quiet the child and threw him into his baby carrier face first.

Dominique Burnett allegedly held the child down on his back and punched him and shook the boy while holding him around his abdomen. Dominique She allegedly held the child under water and allegedly held her hand over the baby's mouth.

Shawn Burnett is accused of knowing about some of this alleged abuse and allegedly failed to intervene or protect the baby.

Dominique Burnett and Shawn Burnett face 10 to 40 years or life if convicted of battery of a child under 4 or permitting the abuse of a minor, respectively.

Shawn Burnett is currently free on a $25,000 bond. Dominique Burnett is currently being held in the Miller County jail with bond set at $25,000.

Both are scheduled to appear in the next few weeks before a Circuit Judge in Miller County.

SHAWN AVERY BURNETT
SHAWN AVERY BURNETT

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