BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge family is in pain as their toddler fights for his life. A grandmother says her one-year-old grandchild was horribly abused.

According to family members, the child, TyShawn Brumfield has been in the hospital for a few days and is in critical condition. His grandmother, Shelia Parker, said a babysitter identified as 36-year-old Howard Youngblood beat and burned TyShawn.

Howard Youngblood
Courtesy of EBR Parish Prison
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Parker said TyShawn endured brain surgery, has broken bones in his back and cigarette burns on his body. The toddler’s grandmother said he is fighting for his life on a ventilator.

According to arrest documents, TyShawn was taken to a hospital on Thursday, Dec. 15 after he was found unresponsive by his babysitter. Youngblood told Baton Rouge police officers that the child fell on the front steps. However, documents said a doctor later said that the injuries were not consistent with a fall as TyShawn had multiple bleeds in his head and swelling.

Youngblood was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Friday, Dec. 16 on a second-degree cruelty charge.

A GoFundMe was created to help pay for TyShawn’s medical bills. To make a donation, click here.