A 3-year-old Beaufort girl was severely beaten and possibly stabbed by her mother before being thrown from a balcony at an apartment complex Monday night, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Authorities continued their investigation Wednesday. The girl, identified as Dionna Hagood, is hospitalized at MUSC.

Police discovered that the child was badly beaten before falling from the open balcony of a third-story stairwell, said Deputy Police Chief Dale McDorman.

"The victim's mother, Shayla Bryan ... admitted to assaulting her daughter prior to calling 911," McDorman said.

Bryan was charged Tuesday with attempted murder after authorities determined she intended to injure her child.