Posted on June 10, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Jun 11 at 12:57 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte father is in the Mecklenburg County Jail
accused of abusing his 7-month-old daughter.
Thursday night Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers
arrested 20-year-old Darrius Brice after they were called to his Trinity Road apartment. Investigators told NewsChannel 36
that the infant was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries, but she was expected to recover.
said Brice had assaulted the mother of his child and that was why officers initially were called to the house.
has been charged with child abuse inflicting serious injury and assault on a female.
His bond has been set at just over
RALEIGH—A jury found a Garner mother guilty of first degree murder in the death of her son.
decided Sherita McNeil is responsible for 19-month-old Devarion Gross' death that happened 2 years ago. It took two days
of deliberations for the jury to come to a decision, but ultimately the jury decided Sherita McNeil is guilty of killing her
son—dousing his body in bleach, wrapping him up in plastic bags and hiding his body in her closet.
said that it was an extremely difficult case to handle.
"Obviously I'm happy that she was held responsible
for the murder of her child but, you saw tears of the jurors and even from the judge. There's nothing that makes me feel
good about the death of a child," said Melanie Skekita, assistant district attorney.
McNeil was calm when she heard
the verdict. Before they made their decision, jurors asked another time to listen to a phone call between McNeil and the father
of one of her children, Ira James.
One juror said that it was that phone call that convinced him McNeil was to blame.
her own admissions she hated him, and she didn't want him," said James Powers, juror.
During the trail, jurors
heard tape of phone calls between McNeil and James where she told him she hates Devarion and abuses him. Yesterday the jury
asked to review letters that McNeil had written to Devarion's father—Eric Chambers. Prosecutors said James and McNeil
had a plan to say she was raped and forced to keep Davarion.
The defense has argued that the toddler fell off the bed
and hit his head. But prosecutors have said if it was an accident why didn't McNeil call 911. McNeil's attorney said
because she was afraid Chambers, who was a gang member, could have killed her. But the prosecution countered that argument
with the letters in which McNeil said she wanted to be with Chambers.
McNeil will now spend life in prison without the
possibility of parole.
Cary, N.C. — A Cary man is accused of
physically abusing a 6-week-old girl.
Nathan Roy Webb, 27, of 1212 Old Apex Road, was
arrested Wednesday and charged with felony child abuse. He was being held Wednesday in the Wake County jail under $500,000
According to an arrest warrant, the child suffered multiple fractures, including a broken
The alleged offense occurred between May 15 and June 1.
domestic violence protective order obtained against Webb on June 10, Heather Upchurch accused him of breaking through a locked
door and threatening her over the child. She said she noticed something was wrong with the baby on June 1, and emergency room
physicians determined the child had a broken leg and other bone fractures, according to court documents.
DALLAS, N.C. -- A 7-year-old
girl is the only survivor of a murder-suicide that left four family members dead, including a pregnant woman.
County police say 25-year-old Austen Minter shot and killed his three-month pregnant girlfriend, Tracy Hedgepeth, their 6-year-old
son and 3-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.
When Hedgepeth didn't show up for work, her parents
came to the house to check on her. Somehow, the young girl found the strength to open the door for them and also told police
that her father was the shooter.
Police say Minter and Hedgepeth had an on-and-off relationship that resulted in police
being called to the home on numerous occasions. In recent months, police say Minter had moved back in with Hedgepeth and their
Investigators are still trying to gather information as to why he would shoot his family and himself.
Right now, they still have more questions than answers.
Minter has a list of previous charges dating back to 2008. They
include assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession
By Becky Gulden - & Jeff Rivenbark -
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The man
at the center of a four-person murder/suicide case allegedly suffocated and stabbed his victims, police
said, and might have lived with two of them dead in his apartment for possibly two weeks before shooting himself late Monday
Officials are conducting autopsies on the two children and the wife of Kenneth Jermaine Chapman to
determine when they died. For now, police believe they were killed many days before Chapman killed himself. The
children's bodies were stored in a bedroom that was locked and the two surviving children were not allowed to enter the
room, police said.
When police finally entered the south Charlotte apartment where Chapman killed himself and the deceased
children were found, detectives wore gas-masks -- presumably to keep out fumes from the decaying bodies. Chapman's wife,
who was killed days earlier, too, was found at a nearby apartment.
The revelation is part of a sordid tale that includes a
little girl who narrowly survived the incident, telling police that she has been living in fear for the last two weeks,
The 10-year-old girl said she had a gun held to her head at one point and feared that she and
her 2-year-old brother would be killed by her father.
The mother and the couple's youngest daughter were suffocated.
The mother's older daughter was stabbed to death.
The three victims and the man who killed them were found dead
inside two apartments in south Charlotte on Monday but it appears the victims were killed about two weeks ago.
officials said the surviving 10-year-old daughter told them of an incident two weeks ago during which she believed her mother and
two siblings were killed.
The CMPD was tipped off Monday night to investigate when the uncle of 34-year-old Nateesha
Ward Chapman called police around 11:13 p.m. He asked the police department to check on the welfare of his niece
(Click here to listen to the 911 call). She lived at 6930 Providence Square Drive with her husband, Kenneth Jermaine Chapman, along with her three daughters
When police arrived, the front door of the apartment was open and police saw Kenneth Chapman standing at the
top of the stairs.
The officers called out to him and soon heard two gunshots from inside the apartment.
Right after the gunshots were fired, the 10-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy ran outside. They were not hurt.
officers entered the apartment, they found Kenneth Chapman suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot
wound to the head. He died at the scene.
They also found two deceased children locked up in a room. Police
said one-year-old Nakyiah Jael Chapman was suffocated and 13-year-old Na'Jhae Parker had been stabbed to death.
speaking with family members, police searched an apartment located about a half mile away at 5638 Via Romano Drive (Apt.
G) on Tuesday around 2:43 a.m.
Upon entering the apartment, cops discovered the body of Nateesha Chapman.
Police said she had been suffocated and had been dead for quite some time. Police said she was leasing the apartment
in which her body was discovered.
Police said Nateesha Chapman was the biological mother of both children who were found
dead in the apartment.
Kenneth Chapman was the biological father of one-year-old Nakyiah Jael Chapman, but he was not
the biological father of 13-year-old Na'Jhae Parker. Parker was in the eighth grade at McClintock Middle School.
10-year-old girl who survived the ordeal told detectives she heard her mother and father arguing about two weeks ago.
The 10 year old went to school that day, but when she returned home, she never saw her mother again.
the 10 year old said she heard her older sister, Na'Jhae Parker, screaming during a commotion with Kenneth Chapman.
Based on the 10 year old's statement, police said they think the one-year-old and the 13-year-old were killed that
evening. Kenneth Chapman then locked the dead children's bodies in a room inside the apartment, police said.
-- Police have charged a young couple with beating a five-month old girl so badly the child was bleeding from the brain, court
Police also charged the couple with several other drug violations, assault and child abuse charges,
according to arrest warrants filed Wednesday at the Wake County magistrates office.
Rachel Maureen Bond, 24, of Orlando,
Fla., and Philip J. Rader, 26, of 2643 Wendell Road in Wendell have each been charged one felony count each of child abuse
serious bodily injury, court records show.
indicate the child was severely beaten on Tuesday.
Police have accused Rachel Bond, the child’s mother, and Rader
of fracturing the child’s skull, causing internal bleeding. The child also suffered a cut between the lip and nose,
was bleeding from the right eye and had three fractured ribs, according to the arrest warrant.
Raleigh police arrested
Rader and Bond on Wednesday at a local hotel where the woman’s two toddler children, who are both 2-years-old, were
also present, court records show.
They each have been charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, three counts
of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia,
court records show.
Police also charged Rachel Bond with simple assault, court records show.
Police charged the
couple with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after finding less than a half ounce of marijuana, a marijuana grinder,
two marijuana pipes, a pack of rolling papers and paraphernalia in the hotel room with the three children, court records show.
also charged Bond and Rader with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse after noticing that the marijuana, cigarette ashes
and butts were within reach of all three children, court records show.
Investigators also charged Bond with simple assault,
accusing her of kicking Rader in the back and slamming a door on him, court records show.
Rader and Bond both made their
first court appearance Wednesday at Wake County District Court, where they were both appointed public defenders, court records
They are both in custody at the Wake County jail. Bond is being held in lieu of $780,000 bail. She is considered
a flight risk and has been ordered to have no contact with her boyfriend, court records show.
Rader is being held in
lieu of $515,000 bail, court records show.
APEX (WTVD) -- Apex Police have
charged Michele Stein, 39, with felony child abuse following an incident that left her 3-year-old adopted
son in a coma.
bond was originally set at $200,000, but was lowered to $100,000 during her first appearance in court Friday.
She has relinquished her passport, and has promised not to have any physical contact with her children
pending resolution of the charges.
In mid-March, police say Stein and her husband
called 911 to report that Adam Stein, 3, who was adopted from China, and who neighbors say has learning disabilities, had
fallen down a flight of stairs.
Last week, Apex police served a search warrant
on the couple's home - seizing family photos and a phone bill.
search, Eyewitness News spoke to about half a dozen neighbors, all of whom were shocked at the investigation, and were certain
the Steins name would be cleared.
In an affidavit, the detective investigating
the case describes a history of abuse and neglect reports related to the child. He also says the Steins have been uncooperative
- refusing to speak to investigators.
Philip Stein, the boy's father, has
not been charged in the case. The couple also has a daughter, who is never mentioned in any of the abuse allegations.
The Steins' family lawyer told ABC 11 on Friday that he looks forward to learning what sort of
evidence the State will present in the case.
Apex Police Chief Jack Lewis says
there's a reason Stein faces a charge of felony child abuse.
is based upon the conflict between the medical opinion on the nature of the injuries and how that could have occurred as compared
to the version that was presented by the mother," he explained.
to search warrants there have been two other incidents of neglect or abuse.
involved bruises observed by a daycare worker. More serious was what happened in the home in January. The boy suffered 2nd
and 3rd degree burns on his hands during a bath.
Child Protective Services called
it a case of bad parenting and told police they didn't need to investigate.
police had gotten the information first instead of Child Protective Services we may have very easily reached exactly the same
conclusion as they did," said Lewis
Police aren't questioning Child
Protective Services, but they would like to talk to the little boy who is still fighting for his life.
Child Abuse, Man Arrested For Multiple Charges
This is normal protocol for a daycare to contact Dept. of Social Services if a child has unexplained
injuries when arriving to a daycare facility
Investigators say William Clinkscale, 28 assaulted the child
during a domestic disturbance between Clinkscale and the child's mother. Police say Clinkscale also assaulted his
16-month old child during the dispute.
Neither child received life-threatening injuries as a result of the assault.
The 16 month-old child was admitted to ARMC for observation and the five-year child was treated and released from ARMC. Kristen
Richardson did not receive medical treatment.
Clinkscale was charged with Assault on a female, felony child abuse,
assault on child under 12, Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was transported to Alamance County Jail
under a $50,000.00 secured bond for the above charges.
Clinkscale did not receive a bond for the Assault
on a Female due to it being domestic related.
Richlands man accused of child
February 04, 2010 11:33 AM
A Richlands man has been charged with fracturing a child's
ribs intentionally, authorities said.
James McPhail III, 22, of Killis Boulevard, was charged Wednesday by the Onslow
County Sheriff's Department with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
McPhail is accused of intentionally
squeezing his then-two week old son because he cried during diaper changes multiple times, according to a press release from
The child had multiple rib fractures in different stages of healing and a femur fracture that was
near the knee, according to the release.
Bond was set at $25,000.
father charged with child abuse
Fayetteville, N.C. — A Fayetteville man
faces charges after police said he allowed a man to have sex with his 15-year-old daughter, according to Cumberland County
The 44-year-old man is charged with three felony counts of child abuse including
a sexual act. WRAL News is not identifying the man in an effort to protect the identity of his daughter, who is the victim
of a sex crime.
Investigators said the father allegedly approved of a relationship involving his child and Warren Edwards,
38, of 3104 Aglow Drive in Fayetteville. Edwards is believed to have fathered two children with the girl.
been charged with three counts of statutory rape of a minor and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. He
was being held under a $225,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Friday.
The girl’s father was
being held on $15,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Friday. His first court appearance is schedule for
Twenty-five children died last year in N.C. from abuse. That number
is down from more than 30 in 2007.
A 2-year-old is dead, and that's an outrage
report shows it looked into complaints. What went wrong?
Jeremiah Swafford Rest in Peace
authorities: Call, write or visit your county Department of Social Services' Child Protective Services division.
You need not give your name or prove abuse.
It's helpful to have: child's name,
address and age; name and address of the parent, guardian or caretaker; child's condition.
N.C. chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America
Two-year-old Jeremiah Swafford should not be dead. Every one of us should
be shaking with outrage that he is.
Jeremiah died Feb. 14. His mother and stepfather are
charged with felony child abuse and murder. His relatives say they saw bruises for weeks and reported it to the Cleveland
County Department of Social Services, hoping it would remove the boy from his home.
DSS, in a report detailing its actions, documents home visits and interviews with law enforcement and medical officials. Yet
its workers couldn't substantiate any abuse.
Until he died.
easy in these cases to say DSS didn't do its job. That's not so easy this time, in part because DSS, responding to
criticism, released its workers' account. If the report is to be believed, social workers didn't ignore family suspicions
about Jeremiah's bruises. The report documents at least a dozen interviews. At least five times social workers examined
Jeremiah and didn't find clear evidence of abuse. Officials with the county sheriff's department and at two hospitals
also examined the boy and didn't report abuse, the report said.
We're left to
wonder: Was someone willfully blind? Indifferent? Or was evidence of abuse truly hard to find? What went wrong? Because something
did go horribly wrong. A 2-year-old is dead.
Reading the report illuminates why child abuse
investigations can be tricky. The family is tangled: Jeremiah's father is now married to the great-grandmother of the
boy's mother, Kathy Lynn Swafford. The mother and stepfather have criminal records. There's a history of drug abuse.
Child abuse happens. It happens in rich homes and poor ones, in homes riddled with drugs and clean ones. Small
children, especially, can't report what's happening or – heart-breakingly – don't realize that it
Whatever Cleveland County DSS did or didn't do, this much is clear:
It will be negligent if it does not figure out what went wrong in this case. That's true for any law enforcement or medical
officials who encountered Jeremiah during his short and probably miserable life.
Carolina last year 25 children died from child abuse. They shouldn't be dead, nor should Jeremiah Swafford. We should
all be shaking with anger.
Please click here for Song by Allison Elam dedicated to Jeremiah
Mother, boyfriend face
child abuse charges
Published: February 5, 2009
A Marion woman and her teen boyfriend face abuse-related charges after detectives say her 5-year-old
daughter showed up at school earlier this week with bruises covering her face.
Detective Jennifer Trantham of the McDowell
County Sheriff's Office charged Jesse Aaron Williams, 19, of Hitt Park Drive with four counts of felony child abuse and
one count of misdemeanor child abuse. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $100,500 bond.
She also charged Sara Nicole
Bosowicz, 27, of Hitt Park Drive with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of an abused juvenile. She
was taken into custody in lieu of a $1,000 bond.
Trantham said school employees notified workers with the Department
of Social Services Monday when the young girl showed up at school with bruises on her face and body.
The child just suffered
a broke leg two weeks ago, but it was not suspicious at the time, according to Trantham.
The detective stated that, as
soon as she was notified of the possible abuse, she talked with Bosowicz, who denied knowing anything.
Williams has been
Bosowicz's live-in boyfriend for six months.
When Trantham interviewed Williams, he admitted that he has slapped,
choked and thrown the girl five times, all in January. The suspect told the investigator that he was throwing the 5-year-old
in the air one day and purposely didn't catch her. That's when she broke her leg.
"He was so nonchalant
when he was telling me all of this," Trantham stated. "He said he is bipolar and had not taken his medicine and
that, when she started crying or whining, it would set him off."
Williams said Bosowicz was present on at least
two occasions when he abused the woman's daughter, according to the detective.
The child has been placed in DSS custody.
Published: February 5, 2009
MORGANTON - After a baby girl was admitted to
Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville with severe head trauma in January, the parents of the 4-month-old and her twin brother
were charged Wednesday with two counts each of felonious child abuse.
Morganton Public Safety and Burke County Department
of Social Services investigated the case against Ernest Lawrance Bilton, 36, and Juanita Nicole Brown, 22, both of 907 Jamestown
The baby girl needed immediate surgery at the time she was admitted. Doctors found evidence of fractures and other
head traumas that occurred over an extended period of time.
Public Safety Investigator David Curry said the baby girl
is still in Mission Hospital's intensive-care unit.
An examination of the baby boy revealed the same type of injuries,
which are consistent with battered-child syndrome and shaken-baby syndrome, investigators said.
The Bilton twins are
under the custody of DSS.
Bilton and Brown are being held on $300,000 bonds. Their first court date is Friday.
From press release
The following press release was sent to wspa.com on Monday by the
Spartanburg County Solicitor’s Office:
MOORE MAN RECEIVES 15-YEAR
PRISON SENTENCE FOR LEWD ACT CONVICTION
A Moore man received a 15-year prison sentence today for making sexual advances
on a 3-year-old child.
Roderick Dean, 33, pleaded guilty to lewd act on a minor. Circuit
Judge Kenneth Goode issued the maximum sentence allowed under the law.
The crime occurred
in January 2007. The victim told his babysitter how Dean touched him. The babysitter reported the crime to the Sheriff’s
Office. Deputies used a forensic exam from the Children’s Advocacy Center to help build their case against Dean.
At the time of his arrest, Dean was listed on the state’s Sex Offender Registry for a 2003 lewd act
conviction in Laurens County. Dean’s criminal history includes convictions for malicious injury to real property, possession
of crack cocaine, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated
Dean will be evaluated in the Department of Corrections to determine if he is
a sexual predator. If he is determined to be a sexual predator, he will have to complete therapy before he is released.
|Father of 10-Month-Old Charged With Felony Child Abuse |
|Last Edited: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2008, 10:34 PM EDT |
|Created: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2008, 10:34 PM EDT |
N.C. (WGHP) – The father of a ten-month-old has been charged with felony
According to a police news release, Jose Morin Caucedo was arrested after his son was
diagnosed with a fractured skill and bleeding on the brain.
Medical authorities alerted police
of possible abuse after emergency crews responded to a call where the child experienced breathing problems.
30, was arrested in Kernersville. He is in the Forsyth County jail under a $50,000 bond.
|Rest in Peace
Infant killed in Eden,mother's
Sep 03, 2008
EDEN - An Eden man was charged
with first-degree murder Thursday in connection with the suspicious death of his girlfriend's 11-month-old son, police
Luther Qwama Martin, 18 of 421 Moir St. is accused in the killing of Antonio Devon Bridges early Thursday
morning, according to Eden police.
At 4:15 a.m., police responded to a 911 call at the Mar-Gre Motel at 213 S.
Van Buren Road in reference to an infant not breathing.
Officers arrived to find Bridges unresponsive and not
breathing and the child was transported to Morehead Hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
examiner responded to the hospital and classified the death as suspicious.
The child's body was transported
to the NC Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy, where a preliminary report revealed the child died
from blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen.
At 4:29 p.m., an investigation led to Martin's arrest at
his home at 421 Moir St.
Police said Martin had been living in the hotel room with the child's mother, Jamica
Woodard, since early this month.
Martin is being held without bond at the Rockingham County jail.
4:15 a.m., police responded to a 911 call at the Mar-Gre Motel at 213 S. Van Buren Road in reference to an infant not breathing.
Officers arrived to find Bridges unresponsive and not breathing and the child was transported to Morehead Hospital
and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
A medical examiner responded to the hospital and classified the death
The child's body was transported to the NC Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for
an autopsy, where a preliminary report revealed the child died from blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen.
At 4:29 p.m., an investigation led to Martin's arrest at his home at 421 Moir St.
Police said Martin had been
living in the hotel room with the child's mother, Jamica Woodard, since early this month.
Martin is being held without
bond at the Rockingham County jail.