Milano woman arrested for exploitation, injury of baby

A Milano woman is in the Milam County Jail accused of injury of a child with serious bodily injury and exploitation of a child.

The Milam County Sheriff’s Department filed two felony charges against Katelyn Christina Carnline, 28, of Milano for First Degree Felony, Injury to a Child with Serious Bodily Injury and Third Degree Felony, Exploitation of Child, after an initial investigation by Child Protective Services regarding a seven-month-old infant.

According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, the investigation determined that Carnline started an online web page to raise funds for her alleged critically ill child purportedly suffering from a “rare genetic disorder.” The child, placed with other family members by CPS, is now healthy and thriving.

Torrey’s office said that Carnline lied to medical personnel about the young child’s medical condition and withheld proper nutrition from the child leading to a decline in the child’s health as well as subjecting the child to unnecessary medical procedures in an attempt to raise money.

Prior to the Milam County Sheriff’s Department investigation, an extensive investigation by CPS and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department led to Brazos County charges for an online web page involving an older child of Carnline, in which she made false statements regarding the child having cancer.   

Judge Sam Berry, Precinct 2, set both bonds at “no bond” for this defendant.