NC parents failed to seek help for baby daughter’s injury, police say

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Jacksonville Police Department Special Victims Unit arrested two people on child abuse charges after a two-month investigation.

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Detectives arrested 22-year-old Jacob Mastrantoni, and 26-year-old Katelyn Briana Hawkins of Jacksonville.

Police have charged both with two counts of felony neglect of a child- resulting in serious bodily injury and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

The investigation revealed they failed to obtain medical care for their 4-month old daughter after she suffered an injury, police said.

Police said the lack of medical care resulted in vision and hearing loss.

Both were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.

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They are being held at the Onslow County Jail under a $50,000 bond each.

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