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Cullman mom charged in 1-year-old's death

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Crystial Ballenger. Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office Crystial Ballenger. Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office
Jeffery Hugh Brown. Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office Jeffery Hugh Brown. Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office
CULLMAN COUNTY, AL -

The Cullman County Sheriff's Office says that a woman has been charged with aggravated child abuse in the death of her 1-year-old son.

Crystial Ballenger, 23, was arrested March 14 and is being held on a $30,000 bond. Ballenger's boyfriend, Jeffery Hugh Brown, 37, is also charged with aggravated child abuse in the child's death.

Hoss Wayne Benham reportedly drowned in the bathtub at his home in Monk's Trailer Park on U.S. Highway 31 on Tuesday, March 11, according to Sheriff Mike Rainey. The child was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center and was pronounced dead on Tuesday night, which was his first birthday.

Hospital employees noticed the child had "several external injuries that were suspicious in nature" and contacted the sheriff's office, prompting an investigation.

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