NC pair face child abuse charges after girl burned on back and legs

Theresea Yvonne Pearson (left) and Tyrone Davis Moore. Photos from Moore County Sheriff's Office

CARTHAGE, N.C. (WNCN) — Two people have been charged after a young girl suffered burns on her lower back and legs, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said.

The case was first investigated on Tuesday when deputies were contacted by the Sanford Police Department and told that a 7-year-old girl had been taken to the UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The girl victim had burns to her lower back and legs “from a possible case of child abuse” that happened in Moore County, the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s deputies then interviewed the 7-year old-victim and her mother at the UNC Hospital Burn Center.

“Both stated that the victim had received her injuries from an assault by Tyrone Moore while the victim was visiting Moore’s residence near Carthage,” said Sheriff Neil Godfrey.

Tyrone Davis Moore was arrested on Tuesday and held at the Moore County Detention Center under a $100.000 secured bond, Godfrey said.

Moore was charged with felony child abuse with severe bodily injury, the Asheboro Courier-Tribune reported.

On Wednesday,  sheriff’s deputies also arrested Theresea Yvonne Pearson, age 25.

Pearson was charged with one count of felony neglect/abuse of a child involving serious physical injury. Pearson was also confined in the Moore County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond.

Moore and Pearson’s first court appearances are scheduled for January 26, 2016 in Moore County District Court.

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