In Georgia, Joanne Tucker has been charged with felony murder, battery and child cruelty for the death of her five-month old daughter, Katie Tucker. Police responded to an emergency call on Sunday afternoon and found the baby dead. Further investigation revealed the baby died from a blow to the head. Tucker remains in the Houston County jail.
All children are potential victims of child abuse, but some factors increase the risk for a child to be abused, such as parents or caregivers with risk factors including substance abuse, low self-esteem, mental or physical disability, depression, history of abuse as a child, poor coping skills, poor impulse control, history of violent behavior or history of being raised in a group setting with no positive parental role