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10-month-old continues to fight for recovery
Tina Marie Richards
Tina Marie Richards - photo by File photo

A 10-month-old baby remains in critical condition at a Savannah hospital, and his mother and father remain in jail.

Aiden Waller is continuing to fight for recovery at Memorial Health University Medical Center after his mother allegedly abused him. Tina Marie Richards, 19, of Guyton, was arrested Jan. 18 after her son was taken by LifeStar helicopter to Memorial.

Richards is being charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruelty to a child in the first degree and cruelty to a child in the second degree for the incident. The baby’s father, Phillip Wesley Waller, 20, was arrested by Effingham sheriff’s deputies one week after Richards’ arrest.

He has been charged with cruelty in the first degree and cruelty in the second degree. He also is charged with obstruction and making false statements.

The baby’s parents have been bound over to Effingham County Superior Court.

Sheriff’s investigators obtained a search warrant after the infant was flown to Memorial and found yarn and thread sewn in an apparent attempt to restrain the child’s feet.

They also discovered a onesy sewn into the crib sheet. Duct tape, which may have been placed over the baby’s mouth, also was found.

Richards was indicted by an Effingham grand jury last September for one count of cruelty to children and one count of battery from a July incident involving her son.

She pled guilty to both counts and was given five years’ probation as a first offender.

Aiden was reported to have bruises on his face with the first incident.

A Myspace page,, has been established for page visitors to offer their support for the baby.