Parents accused in infant's beating allowed visit before life support removed

Justin and Jamie Whited.

Justin and Jamie Whited.  (Walton County Sheriff's Office)

A brutally abused infant girl’s incarcerated parents – who have been charged with her vicious assault – were allowed a final visit with their daughter on Monday in a Georgia hospital before doctors removed the baby from life support.

The girl, Dinah Paige Whited, had been on life support for three months at the hospital in Monroe, ever since the then-7-week-old girl suffered a beating that resulted in bleeding on the brain, two broken collar bones and several broken ribs, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Dinah was taken off life support on Monday afternnon, according to The Journal Constitution.

Justin Whited, Dinah’s father, has been charged with the attack. Jamie Cason Whited, Dinah’s mother, is charged with child cruelty. Prosecutors claim Jamie did not adequately protect Dinah.

The mother, who had previously faced charges for possession of methamphetamine, told police in April she had noticed bruises on Dinah before the April 23 attack that landed the girl in the hospital. But she said she refused to take Dinah to a doctor out of fear the state might take away her child.

Jamie and Justin deny abusing Dinah, The Journal Constitution reported. Justin could face a murder charge once Dinah dies.

Each parent was set to receive a half-hour visit with Dinah on Monday morning, according to an order from Walton County Juvenile Court Judge David Dickinson. Afterwards, doctors were instructed to remove “all life support measures, and to allow Dinah Paige Whited to die.”

“Baby Dinah,” as the little girl has become known, has “no brain activity at all,” according to a GoFundMe page set up by Dinah’s grandparents, Paige and Johnny Barrett.

“This baby will never live a normal life, she will never walk, talk or play,” wrote the grandparents, who referred to themselves as “Gammy and Granddaddy.” “She has no quality of life.”

Money received through the fundraising website is set to be used for burial expenses.