Toddler fighting for his life after severe beating & cigarette burns

A toddler is still hospitalized and fighting for his life after a man who was babysitting him allegedly beat him and burned him with cigarettes on his privates.

Howard Youngblood, 36, of Baton Rouge was arrested on a charge of second-degree cruelty to juveniles after 22-month-old TyShawn Brumfield was hospitalized on Dec. 15th.

According to Brumfield’s grandmother Shelia Archie Parker, the toddler had bleeding inside his head, which caused swelling. The swelling could cause brain damage, although that hasn’t officially been determined yet. He’s undergone brain surgery and had to have a part of his skull removed. He has trauma to his face and body, broken bones in his back and cigarette burns to his penis and testicles as well as between his toes.

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“TyShawn took the brace off his neck but he still has a long way to go because of the head injuries. The primary concern is the blow to his head and the swelling in his brain.”

Parker said her grandson’s situation has affected the entire family.

“I’m very angry about the whole situation,” she said. “We’re trying to deal with getting everyone the help they need. He (Brumfield) is in a good facility getting everything he needs to get better but now we need to get everybody else in the family together to get what they need because this is affecting a lot of people.”

Parker said Youngblood was someone the child’s mother knew.

Parker is asking everyone to keep TyShawn in their thoughts and prayers as she refuses to give up hope. She added he has a long road to recovery. As of now, TyShawn remains on a ventilator.

“I appreciate the prayers and everyone who is helping out,” Parker said. “He is not out of darkness yet. He is still in the woods and we have a little ways to go before he is out of the woods.”

A gofundme has been set up to help with expenses.

Sources tell Unfiltered with Kiran this is a case that the Dept. of Child & Family Services is familiar with. UWK reached out to DCFS for comment and they responded with: Louisiana law prevents DCFS from commenting on, or even acknowledging the existence of, a case of child abuse or neglect. If there is an investigation, state laws make the entire process – from report to investigation to outcome – confidential.

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