Fayetteville, North Carolina couple 21-year-old Jade Newman and 25-year-old Delane Bostic were taken into police custody after they took their toddler son to the hospital earlier this week, ABC affiliate WTVD in Raleigh reports county officials as saying.
The child was examined and it revealed that the toddler weighed 18 pounds and had multiple bone fractures all throughout his body including rib fractures, skull fractures, and brain injuries. The child was even eating his own feces according to officials.
WTVD did their own investigative reporting and talked with the couple’s nearby neighbors in northwest Fayetteville. Most of the neighbors refused to speak on camera, but several made claims that they’d often see two children running out of Delane Bostic’s home unattended, and sometimes the children would run around naked in the area.
One of the neighbors named Tay Graham who resides two houses down from where the abuse happened, was in disbelief upon hearing of the news.
“I never looked at them like that. I never thought they would do something to a kid like that. I don’t even know what to say about it. I’m glad it wasn’t one of my young ones,” Tay Graham said.
Jade Newman and Delane Bostic are both being held in jail on a $250,000 bond at the Cumberland Detention Center, they’re being charged with one count of intentional child abuse causing serious bodily injury. The suspects made their first appearance in court on Friday.
There is an ongoing investigation and the toddler’s current condition is unknown.
Video courtesy of ABC11.com WTVD:
Featured Image: Jade Newman (Left) and Delane Bostic (Right) (Credit: Booking photos via Cumberland Detention Center)
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