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11.17.06

Mother Speaks Out on Child Abuse Case

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A six-week old infant is being treated for severe trauma at an Amarillo hospital after being beaten.

Tonight, the baby's mother is speaking out about who she says is responsible for the abuse.

Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg joins us live in the studio with her story.

Deborah Van Kirk was at work when the alleged abuse happened to her infant son Trevor.

He is now in critical condition in intensive care.

"He could have brain damage, multiple fractures to his skull and he was punched and slapped three times," says Van Kirk.

Hours after the infant was abused, his father, Micheal Kemp was arrested and charged with injuring a child.

Van Kirk has no doubt he committed the crime.

"He has a bad temper, he'll hit the walls and stuff, he's thrown a couch on me before," says Van Kirk.

Here's what we know happened:

Late Tuesday night police found the child not breathing at his home off Travis street, officers revived the baby with C.P.R.

He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Van Kirk says doctors are not sure if her child will survive.

She hopes her situation serves as a lesson for victims of domestic violence.

"They need to get help before something happens and they lose their kid."

Van Kirk says she plans to obtain an restraining order against Kemp when he gets out of jail.

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