Newborn allegedly denied medical care; Guntown couple charged

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David Fisher and Nina Gebhart, of Guntown, have been charged after a newborn, who had been allegedly denied medical care, was discovered in their home in Guntown.

Via the Lee County Sheriff’s Department:

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, Deputies of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to 331 CR 417 in Guntown to do a welfare check regarding a possible newborn baby that appeared to be in need of medical attention.

Several trips were made to the residence by deputies and investigators both after the initial call and over the next couple of days. Each time contact was made with the residents, David Fisher Jr. and Nina Gebhart, they repeatedly denied having a born child but claimed that Gebhart was still pregnant. 

Thursday night around 10 p.m. deputies again received information that the infant was there at the residence and upon arriving, deputies located an infant child that appeared to be in need of immediate medical attention. Medics were called to the scene and transported the baby to North Mississippi Medical Center, where the child is currently receiving medical care. 

Fisher and Gebhart were both immediately taken into custody and held for investigation at the Lee County Jail. The investigation quickly revealed that the child was, in fact, born on Monday, Nov. 2, in their residence with no medical help or attention for the child prior to or post-birth. During the investigation, it was determined that, given the desperate medical condition of the child and deplorable living situation, both would be charged criminally, and those charges are as follows:

David Fisher Jr., of 331 CR 417 in Guntown, is charged with Felony Child Abuse and Deprivation of Necessities with Harm. He was given a bond of $500,000 on each charge, totaling $1,000,000. Fisher has an extensive criminal history and was out on a felony bond at the time of this arrest. 

Nina Gebhart, of 331 CR 417, in Guntown is charged with Felony Child Abuse and Deprivation of Necessities with Harm. She was given a bond of $500,000 on each charge, totaling $1,000,000. Ms. Gebhart also has a prior criminal history involving narcotics.

The home at 331 CR 417 in Guntown was found to be in deplorable conditions. Photos courtesy of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.