Hapeville mother charged with starving baby

A Hapeville woman was arrested Wednesday after a deprivation hearing revealed that she, allegedly, had nearly starved her baby to death, and allowed others to abuse him, according to warrants filed with the Clayton County Magistrate Court.

Rachel Sylvia Mitchell, 30, is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.

Warrants allege that Mitchell's son, born in January 2009, was nearly starved to death and carries scars of past abuse on his body.

Police have also charged Sherrlyn Williams, 46, and Antony Gerold Geter, 35, in connection with the abuse. They also are being held in the Clayton County Jail.

Mitchell reportedly admitted to police she withheld food from her son, and witnessed Williams and Geter doing the same. Doctors reportedly told police the child nearly died from malnutrition.

Mitchell also told police she allowed the pair to starve and abuse her son, even watching as Williams threw him against the wall, and did nothing to stop or report it.

The warrants allege that Mitchell and her baby moved in with Williams and Geter in January. Mitchell abandoned her son with the couple when she left in May to move into a homeless shelter that takes children, the warrants allege.

The baby was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Hospital. A doctor, who examined the baby, told police he had a fractured bone in his right hand that was about three weeks old.

Mitchell testified at Wednesday's deprivation hearing. She told officials that Geter withheld food from her son as punishment, and that Geter beat him. She said Williams also beat the baby and threw him against the wall.

Mitchell reportedly told police she thought Williams' children were also being abused and should be removed from the home.