BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A three-month-old baby, who investigators say was abused, has reportedly died from his injuries.
According to investigators, the little boy died in the hospital Tuesday. His parents, 20-year-old Nicholas Brandon Clark and 24-year-old Brittany Nichole Hefner were both arrested Monday and charged with felony child abuse.
The sheriff’s office says investigators are working with the District Attorney and additional charges are now pending due to the little boy’s death.
Court documents released earlier Tuesday stated Clark and Hefner “did intentionally commit an assault that resulted in serious bodily injury, bleeding on the brain and neck injury,” to at least one of the infants.
Sunday, officers responded to a report of an infant who wasn’t breathing at a home on Sunset Grill Street in Connelly Springs. First responders at the scene told police they performed CPR on a three-month-old boy before he was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
The boy’s twin brother was found inside with Clark. The twins were then transported to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem.
The abuse was reportedly discovered after the babies were taken in for treatment.
That’s when doctors called law enforcement. One of the boys was listed in stable condition. His brother was listed in critical condition and later died from his injuries.
Neighbors told WBTV that they don’t understand it.
“They took good care of the babies,” said one man who didn’t want to be identified. “I just can’t see them hurting those boys.”
Another neighbor said he thought the parents were “crazy about the babies,” but Michael Patton also thought that maybe the two were “kind of young” to be raising children.
“Kids raising kids,” he said.
As to exactly what happened to the infants, authorities are not releasing details. Officials would only say that the investigation is ongoing.
Hefner and Clark were both arrested Monday and charged with felony child abuse. Clark has a previous arrest from mid-September stemming from a failure to appear in court. Both are being held on $75,000 bonds.
The SBI is assisting in the investigation.
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