Biloxi man charged with felony child abuse

Austin Drake Sluter. (Image source: Biloxi Police Department.)
Austin Drake Sluter. (Image source: Biloxi Police Department.)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - According to authorities, a 4-year-old is in the custody of social services after several blows to the head caused the child to have seizures. Biloxi Police Investigator Steve Schlicht said officers arrested Austin Drake Sluter, 26, and charged him with felony child abuse on Wednesday.

Schlicht said officers responded to a medical emergency involving a child having seizures on Camp Wilkes Road on July 19. Investigators at the scene determined recent head trauma was causing the seizures and bruising.

Schlicht said the child was transported to USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile and was treated in ICU. The child was released to social services after recovering from the injuries.

Officials said further investigation and witness statements revealed that Sluter had struck the child multiple times in the head just before the seizures began.

Sluter is being held at the Harrison County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Schlicht said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or Biloxi Police at 228-392-0641.

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