3 state child workers fired after deadly abuse case

Published 7:26 am Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has fired two case workers and a supervisor after an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old child in Natchez.

The department announced the terminations Friday.

It says its review of a month-long internal investigation into the case involving Armani Hill is completed.

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

The girl was pronounced dead June 5 after being beaten so severely that she could not walk.

Natchez Coroner James Lee said an autopsy shows the child died from blunt force trauma.

The girl’s 3-year-old sister, Lailah, was also critically hospitalized, but was treated and released.

The children’s mother, 25-year-old Lakeisha Jones, faces two counts of child deprivation.

Jones’ boyfriend, 24-year-old James Anderson, faces two counts of felony child abuse.

Police say he was babysitting when the abuse occurred.