A Shocking Crime: Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Toddler

A man was taking care of a 14-month-old girl.   He's now accused of sexually assaulting her.

28-year old Edwin Lee Smith is in the Smith County Jail on a $150,000 bond.  The child is at Children's Medical Center in Dallas recovering from surgery.

Police say the mother arrived home in the early hours of Saturday morning. Her daughter was crying, and what the mother found led her to immediately call 9-1-1.

Tyler Police Officer Chris Moore:  "The discovery of the blood in the diaper alarmed the mother and she called EMS. She and the baby were transported by EMS to the hospital where the doctors discovered the child was bleeding from what appeared to be sexual assault."

A fund has been set up to help defray the baby's medical costs. You can give at any Southside Bank branch.  Give to the "Baby White Tragedy Fund"  Baby White is not the child's name, just a way to identify the account.

We spoke with Edwin Smith's grandmother Tuesday afternoon. She says she doesn't believe her grandson had anything to do with the crime.  Mr. Smith is not related by blood to the victim.