Bossier family disputes the results of a police investigation
2-year-old Miley Ray Sharp continues to recover from being partially paralyzed.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
The family of 2-year-old Miley Ray Sharp disputes the results of Bossier City Police investigation.
Miley Ray Sharp continues her recovery after suddenly becoming partially paralyzed 2 months ago following an alleged spanking by her babysitter. A Bossier City Police investigation concluded that the paralysis was caused by a condition known as Transverse Myolitis, which causes swelling around the spinal chord. It can be caused by an infection or by trauma.
Just two days ago, the man accused of spanking the child was cleared of criminal wrongdoing by the Bossier City Police Department. The babysitter's attorney, Eric Johnson, says that is no surprise. "His reaction was that it was exactly what he always expected," Johnson said.
Miley Ray's great-grandmother, Judy McDonald, says she's not having any of it. "The only reason Eric Johnson got his client off was due to technicality and that is it."
The technicality, according to McDonald, is that Miley Ray did not show signs of an infection once a spinal tap was able to be done. That was done after 10 days of antibiotics. McDonald says that helps Johnson because now whether Miley's condition was caused by trauma or infection cannot be proven. McDonald says she has no doubt that trauma is to blame. "By having a written confession of him spanking her. Bruised nose and bruises on her face and booty, and how the initial events took place, it's hard for me to believe."
McDonald also points her finger at The Bossier City Police Department, saying that they did not investigate every aspect of the case. "We would not be as upset if The Bossier City Police Department would have been more thorough in their investigation and kept us more informed, which they did not do."
Johnson disagrees and compliments the police investigation. "They did a great job investigating the case, and on waiting for the medical reports to come in from the physicians, who examined this child, to find out what actually happened to the child."