A Sampson County woman has been charged with child abuse following a lengthy investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services dating back to 2014, when two children were removed from the home with “obvious signs of physical abuse,” authorities said.
Carrie Taylor, 27, of Pecan Grove Apt. 13, Faison, was officially charged on Friday with felony child abuse- serious physical injury. She was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. She has initial court date of May 20.
Juvenile investigators with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division obtained a warrants for felony child abuse the day before Taylor was arrested, stemming from a lengthy 2014 joint investigation with the Sampson Department of Social Services at 400 Spicy Jane Lane, Autryville.
Taylor has an alternate address listed in the Sheriff’s Office database of 390 Spicey Jane Lane, Autryville.
According to information released by the Sheriff’s authorities, Social Services immediately removed two children from parental care and placed them in kinship custody due to obvious signs of physical abuse following the 2014 report.
“The case has been very complex to investigate due to many obstacles that investigators have had to overcome throughout the investigation,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office read.
Some of those obstacles included the “numerous witnesses” that had to be tracked down and interviewed in different locations. “The young age of the victim also provided a communications barrier making it difficult to obtain information as to who the assailant was,” the statement read.
Officials noted other factors that slowed the investigation, but did not go into detail, citing the “very sensitive nature of the case.”
Ultimately the investigation pointed back to the mother of the children, authorities said, and enough probable cause was established to charge her with felony child abuse in connection to the abuse of one of the children — a boy who was just 1 year old at the time.
“It is important to note that though this investigation took some time, the children in the case were immediately removed from harm’s way and our investigators, along with the Department of Social Services, worked tirelessly on this case until justice could be served on the child’s behalf,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith stated.
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