Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dad charged after 18-month-old daughter injured during illegal drug activity in the home (McDowell County, North Carolina)

Dad is identified as JUSTIN EDWARD GATCH. No mention of a mother in the home or anywhere else.

Updated: Wednesday, June 17 2015, 10:36 AM EDT

Child Injured During Drug Activity, Father Charged

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A Marion man is facing charges after his 18 month old daughter was apparently injured during illegal drug activity at their home.

Justin Edward Gatch, 22, of Popover Drive in Marion, is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

The child sustained bruising to her face and was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and released.

The Sheriff’s Office received the case on a referral from the McDowell County Department of Social Services.