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Bowie mother arrested in connection with deadly beating of 3-year-old son

04/04/2010 4:27 PM

04/04/2010 5:08 PM

The mother of a 3-year-old who was beaten to death last week was arrested Friday night on charges that she failed to call authorities or seek medical help for her toddler after she said she saw her boyfriend abuse the boy, Denton County authorities said Sunday.

Sharon N. Worthy, 19, of Bowie was arrested on a charge of recklessly causing injury to a child resulting in serious bodily injury.

Jesse Fleming Fisher Jr., 3, died Wednesday afternoon at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. He died from blunt trauma to the head and brain, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Jesse suffered a broken pelvis, a broken vertebrae, head injury and bruises all over his body, according to Denton County arrest warrant affidavit for Worthy. The toddler also was sexually assaulted, the affidavit states.

The beating happened while the mother and her two children were staying with her boyfriend, who has been arrested on a charge of capital murder, authorities said. The family had been staying in the 6500 block of Private Road north of Krum in unincorporated Denton County.

On Sunday, Worthy was in Denton County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. If convicted, Worthy faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Under questioning by a Texas Ranger and investigators with the Denton County Sheriff's Department, Worthy said she saw Curtis Leon Copeland, 26, abuse Jesse on March 29, but she never called authorities, according to the affidavit.

Worthy left Jesse and another 1-year-old child with Copeland on Tuesday while she went to Bridgeport to have a baby, authorities said. The 1-year-old and the newborn were in foster care Sunday, CPS officials have said.

Copeland told Denton County authorities that Jesse fainted on Tuesday, and he ran to a neighbor to have her call 911. In an initial interview with authorities, Copeland told investigators that Worthy had told him that Jesse had fallen down some stairs before they came to stay with him.

Copeland was arrested late Wednesday after he failed to show up for a polygraph test, Denton County authorities said.

DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR., 817-390-7763

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