- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Investigators in Alexander County have accused a Taylorsville couple of abusing their 7-week-old baby and 16-month-old child.

Alexander County sheriff’s investigators told The Charlotte Observer (https://bit.ly/2kbcojo) that 22-year-old Zachary Elijah Puckett is charged with three counts of felony child abuse, and 25-year-old Summer Brianna Lewis is charged with accessory after the fact of felony child abuse.

Puckett is jailed on $750,000 bail. Lewis is held on a $75,000 bail, and it’s not known if they have attorneys.

Investigators said they received a report Jan. 5 from the Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible child abuse. Investigators went to a Winston Salem hospital where the baby and child had been taken.

Authorities won’t describe the injuries, but said the children are now in the custody of county social services.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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