An 8-month-old girl who was the victim of an alleged assault last week had severe bruising over much of her body, a bite mark on her arm and was gasping for air when Decatur police arrived, according to a police affidavit filed Friday.
The girl remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, according to police.
Cameron Almen Elliott, 22, 1839 Brownstone St., Decatur, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, police said. He remained in Morgan County Jail on Friday with bail set at $260,000, according to jail records.
According to an affidavit by Detective Timothy Pace, Morgan County 911 received a medical call reporting an unresponsive child shortly before midnight Tuesday and police responded to the 2200 block of Victoria Drive Southwest along with medical personnel.
Upon arrival, police found the girl "gasping for air and unresponsive," with bruises, abrasions and welts on her neck, face, shoulder and legs, "and a bite mark on her arm," according to Pace.
She was initially transported to the Parkway campus of Decatur Morgan Hospital.
"Medical staff there advised all of her injuries appeared to be recent and her nonresponsive condition was due to the amount of trauma her body had received," Pace wrote, and she was transported to Birmingham.
Pace interviewed the child's mother, who said her daughter had been in good health with no injuries. The mother told Pace, "Cameron Almen Elliott took (the child) on a car ride and when he returned approximately 10 minutes later (she) was gasping for air and in her current state," according to the affidavit.
At that point Elliott was charged with second-degree assault. After being booked into the Morgan County Jail, according to Pace's affidavit, Elliott made a jail phone call instructing someone to get his backpack from a residence. Police contacted the owner of the residence and obtained consent to search it, and then retrieved Elliott's backpack, according to the affidavit.
After obtaining a search warrant, police found the backpack contained marijuana packaged in baggies for resale, Adderall pills and three digital scales with marijuana residue, according to Pace.
Elliott had previously been charged three times with misdemeanor domestic violence for allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend — not the same woman whose child he allegedly assaulted — in Decatur.
On Sept. 28, 2019, according to an affidavit by Decatur police Officer Jonathan Espino, Elliott went to the former girlfriend's apartment and, after a verbal altercation, she ran downstairs to call the police.
Elliott punched the woman in the mouth, according to the affidavit.
"Once (the woman) was on the ground, Elliott started stomping her head and kicked her several times, once in the stomach," according to Espino.
The woman was five months pregnant with Elliott's child at the time, according to the affidavit, and the two also had another child.
Another incident, on May 12, 2019, involved the same woman. According to a police statement, Elliott struck her in the face and head and scratched her arms and back.
Elliott transferred both municipal court cases to the Circuit Court. They remain pending, although the victim in November 2019 submitted a letter to authorities asking that the charges be dropped. "We have put it behind us and have moved forward," she wrote. "We've been co-parenting and getting along."
A third domestic violence charge was filed against Elliott for an incident with the same ex-girlfriend that took place March 26, 2020. That charge also is pending.