An investigation carried out in part by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in two arrests on felony child neglect charges after an infant was found with broken bones and burns.
Authorities said in a release that the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office received a call from their Moore County counterparts on April 7 regarding a “possible child abuse incident affecting both counties.”
Chatham County Sheriff’s Office officials said in a release that 41-year-old Kisha Joann Welch was allegedly providing care to a child under six months of age. Authorities said Welch failed to seek medical attention for the child, who was found with “broken bones, bruising, abrasions and burns.”
The infant was not Welch’s child, according to a release.
“I want to express my gratitude to Moore County for working so closely with our investigators on this case,” Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson said in a release. “Extensive teamwork was involved and the child is receiving much needed medical attention as a result of this investigation. I encourage anyone who suspects criminal activity, including child or elder abuse, to contact authorities immediately.”
Law enforcement officials said Welch and 39-year-old Donette Sanders were charged with felony child abuse/neglect inflicting serious bodily injury. Both were assigned $100,00 secured bonds and are due in Chatham and Moore county courts respectively later this month.
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