Friday, August 22, 2014

Dad charged with assaulting 3-month-old daughter (Marion, North Carolina)

Dad is identified as BRANDON EDWARDS.

Marion Man Charged with Child Abuse

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 07:29 PM EDT

Deputies arrest a McDowell County man and accuse him of assaulting and seriously injuring his 3-month-old daughter.

Deputies have charged 20-year-old Brandon Edwards with felony child abuse. Deputies say little Emily Ann Edwards is in critical condition after suffering multiple blows to the head. They say those injuries are consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Detectives say on Thursday, August 14th, Edwards allegedly shook his daughter and threw her to the ground, knocking her unconscious.

She's in Mission Hospital, where Edwards and the baby's mother took the child. Brandon Edwards' father says the injuries had to be the result of an accident, because he says his son is kind to children.

Elvis Edwards says, “we all prayed for Brandon, because we know that he never would do something intentional to hurt his baby, there’s just no way, but all I’m worried about right now is Emily healing up and getting better.”

Brandon Edwards' next court date is September 3rd. He's in jail under $150,000 bond.