16-week old brought to NC hospital with severe head, internal injuries, officials say

16-week old brought to NC hospital with severe head, internal injuries, officials say
Left: Kristy Backus Right: Zachary Crabtree (Source: Scotland County Investigative Unit's Facebook page)

SCOTLAND COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Two people were taken into custody Thursday in connection to a severe child abuse case in Scotland County.

Kristy Beth Backus, 23, of Laurinburg faces two counts of felony child abuse, inflicting serious bodily injury and one count of felony child abuse by negligence, resulting in serious bodily injury.

Zachary Crabtree, 24, of Laurinburg, is charged with one count of felony child abuse by negligence, resulting in serious bodily injury.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office says the charges stem from a report filed on May 26 of an unconscious/unresponsive infant that was brought to Scotland Memorial Hospital.

Medical staff reported to deputies that the child had severe injuries to the head, and other internal medical factors consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The child was flown to a special children’s hospital where he is receiving care.

“The infant child was confirmed to allegedly have ongoing serious bodily injuries, which were reported as being multiple internal injuries to the brain, in conjunction with other injuries to the infant’s body both internal and external,” according to a post on the Scotland County Investigative Unit’s Facebook page.

The infant was reportedly 16 weeks old at the time he was seen at the hospital.

Investigators determined that Backus caused the abuse and Crabtree didn’t do anything about the abuse.

Backus received a $500,000 bond and Crabtree was given at $250,000 bond. The two are scheduled to be in court on Monday.

The relationship of the two suspects to the child has not been revealed.

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