US Army paratrooper charged with seriously injuring infant in Hoke County

Richard Wing (Hoke County Sheriff's Office)

ABERDEEN, N.C. (WNCN) – A member of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne has been arrested and charged with seriously injuring an infant, the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Richard Thomas Wing II, 24, of 740 Pinebluff Lake Road in Aberdeen, has been charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

According to the sheriff’s office, an infant was brought to First Health Hoke Campus on March 24 with injuries to the infant “that did not appear to be accidental.” At approximately 10:30 p.m., hospital officials reported the injuries to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators found during the course of the investigation that the infant was found to have many more internal injuries throughout the healing process than was originally diagnosed by doctors.

Those injuries were determined to be non-accidental.

Authorities said the injuries inflicted on the infant occurred between Nov. 30, 2015 and March 24 when the sheriff’s office was contacted. The crimes were committed at a Raeford address and not Wing’s home address.

Wing is assigned to the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne 1-508 3BC2.

Wing was arrested on Sept. 27 and is currently being held in the Hoke County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

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