Injured 2-year-old girl welcomed home after long stay in hospital

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RACELAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 8/20/19 @ 11 p.m.
A community is celebrating the return of a little girl who had been in a hospital in Columbus since April.

Dozens of people stand along Pond Run Road in Raceland to welcome back 2-year-old Callie May, who'd been in a hospital since April.

The toddler's mother's boyfriend was arrested after being accused of shaking or slamming the 2-year-old at an apartment complex in Wurtland.

Dozens of people stood near the intersection of Route 23 and Pond Run Road in Raceland late Tuesday night to welcome Callie May back after spending nearly four months in the hospital being treated for her injuries.

Callie was brought back in an ambulance and had a police and fire truck escort.

Community members waved signs and cheered as Callie's ambulance passed them around 10:40 p.m.

A Facebook page called Callie's Story has documented her progress at the hospital. 20,000 people have been following that page, and when a post was made Tuesday announcing Callie was finally going to get to come home, many wanted to celebrate and take part in the emotional homecoming.

"I think a lot of people were in shock, because we didn't think she'd get that chance, but now that she is coming home, everyone is extremely excited," family friend Amber Adams said.

The family says they're overjoyed Callie has gotten out of the hospital in time to celebrate her third birthday, which is in a couple weeks.

Police say Callie was unresponsive when emergency responders got to the scene back in April, but she was revived after 15 minutes of CPR.

The suspect in the case, Bobby Brantley, was charged with first-degree child abuse.

Police are investigating after a man allegedly shook a toddler.

It happened in Wurtland at the Foot Hills Apartment Complex on Riverside Drive.

According to the Raceland Police Department, a 2-year-old girl was shaken or slammed by Bobby Brantley.

Officers say the child was unresponsive when they arrived on scene but was revived by first responders after 15 minutes of CPR.

Officials say Brantley is the boyfriend of the toddler's mother.

Brantley is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center. According to the jail website, he is facing charges of first-degree child abuse of a child 12 or under.

The child is in the hospital in critical condition.

No other information has been released.

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