LEXINGTON, N.C. —
A North Carolina couple is charged with felony baby abuse after maggots have been discovered within the diaper of an 18-month-previous child, one in every of seven youngsters of their care, police stated.
The Dispatch of Lexington studies police additionally charged 25-yr-previous Jamie Leigh Hiatt and 26-yr-previous Michael Patrick McKnight of Lexington with misdemeanor youngster abuse. They have been jailed on $one hundred,000 bond every. It isn’t recognized if they’ve attorneys.
In line with Lexington police, officers performing a welfare verify at a house final Friday found seven youngsters all underneath the age of 6 that have been malnourished and unclean. Capt. Michael Hunt stated officers encountered an awesome odor of feces and urine once they went into the house, they usually described the dwelling circumstances as “extraordinarily poor.”
Hunt stated the officers contacted emergency personnel and the Division of Social Providers.
Police stated 18-month-previous twins have been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Middle in Winston-Salem. One was discovered to have maggots in his diaper. They’re in truthful situation and are anticipated to be launched to DSS custody and positioned with applicable relations or foster mother and father.
A 1-yr-previous baby was taken to Wake Forest Baptist-Lexington Medical Middle for remedy of malnutrition earlier than being launched to a member of the family, police stated.
The opposite youngsters, ages three, four, 5 and 6, have been faraway from the house and positioned in foster care or with different kin. An eight-yr-previous who was dwelling on the home had been lately staying with their father, in response to police.
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