The parents of a 19-day-old infant are out on bond after being charged with child abuse, Fox Carolina reported February 7.
Stephen Michael Simes, 20, and Anna Sophia Warren, 19, were charged with abuse of a child with great bodily injury. According to the parents, their baby girl was injured on January 22 when the father fell on top of the infant while he was holding her, causing a black eye, facial bruising and broken bones. The parents waited until the next day to seek emergency treatment for their daughter.
"If convicted, the charge of great bodily injury which causes a substantial risk or death, disfigurement or impairment carries (a)a penalty of up to twenty years in jail for the abuser.(b)any person cohabitating or responsible for the child's welfare who knowingly allows another to inflict great bodily injury may be convicted and imprisoned for up to five years."
Greenville County police public information officer Johnathan Bragg said the Department of Social Services were called in and the baby girl was hospitalized again on January 29.
Simes and Warren were arrested and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center, and were released on bond sometime Wednesday. The infant was placed in state custody.
This may well be a case where the parents will attempt to prove the injuries were an accident. If Simes and Warren are unable to do this, they could be facing some serious jail time. Regardless of the outcome, the state may determine the two as unfit, leaving someone responsible to raise their daughter.