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Emily Harrington


A 19-month-old boy was rushed into surgery two weeks ago due to a severe head injury caused by his mother, according to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

The child has been released from the hospital and the Sheriff’s Office says it’s too early to know how the injury may affect him in the future. The boy is being monitored by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

His mother, 38-year-old Emily Harrington, is in jail on a $275,000 bond and faces the first degree felony charge of Injury to a Child with Serious Bodily Injury/Family Violence.

It all began at about 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 when the Hays County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call for a medical emergency in the Kyle area. The caller reported that her 19-month old son was having a seizure and was unconscious. Detectives were alerted to the situation after responding Hays County Deputies were advised by EMS personnel that the child appeared to be exhibiting symptoms of a traumatic head injury.

The child was transported by San Marcos/Hays County EMS to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin where doctors performed emergency surgery on him to correct a subdural hemorrhage — a collection of blood on the surface of the brain. An investigation ensued and officers came believe the injury was not accidental.

Police presented a probable cause affidavit to Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, who issued an arrest warrant for Harrington. Harrington was arrested Thursday and transported to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center. The case will be forwarded to the Hay County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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