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Aunt in custody of children after Raleigh boy found in recycling bin

Posted August 17, 2015
Updated August 18, 2015

— A man and a woman were arrested for child abuse after a Raleigh woman found a child in her recycling bin Saturday morning, authorities said.

According to a 911 call, the 9- or 10-year-old child was running from his mother and step-father on Friday night after he was beaten. The woman told dispatchers the child had a bloody face and that he had escaped.

Melissa White, who lives near the Greenwood Community Center, said she was taking the trash out when she discovered the child hiding inside the bin.

"I walked over to open the trash...I saw him in there and then I slammed it shut," White said.

White said she was then shocked by what the child told her when she asked why he was in the recycling bin.

"He said he couldn't take it no more," she said. "He said every day he was getting beat for making mistakes."

The child told White he had been hiding for several hours during the day and throughout the night before she found him. After hearing the child's story, she called the police.

"He was going to wait for the garbage people to come and take the garbage away," she said. "That's when he was going to run."

White said the boy told her that his family slept in a sand pit at a nearby park because they were homeless.

Hysun Lynch said he often saw the little boy with his mom and brother inside of the Green Road Community Library near the park.

Lynch said he did not realize the family was homeless until he ran into the child in the park restroom.

"He was putting toothpaste on a toothbrush and brushing his teeth," Lynch said. "I was like 'wow.'"

Jillian Randel Davis, 29, and Leroy Blake, 25, were both charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious physical injury.

Both Davis and Blake remained at the Wake County Detention Center on Monday under $50,000 bonds.

According to police, the boy and his infant brother are currently living with a family member.

Donations for the two children are being accepted at the Just Dance Studio at 515 S. New Hope Rd.


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  • James Henderson Aug 18, 2015
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    Same to you!

  • Freda Kerr Aug 18, 2015
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    I agree with you!

  • Wayne R Douglas III Aug 18, 2015
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    Apparently, you don't seem to understand that the Bill of Rights, has been amended several times, because the original writing was found to have flaws. We do have the right to amend flaws to the 8th amendment. There is a process yes, but it can be done. If this was put to popular vote, I have a feeling that it would pass overwhelmingly.

  • Roy Hinkley Aug 18, 2015
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    Our justice system presumes innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law; as such they should be free unless they are unlikely to appear in court to face the charges in which case hit them with a large bond amount.

  • Vicki Campbell Aug 18, 2015
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    Oh but I do undertand. The higher the bond, the less likely the accused will be able to get out of Wake Co jail. My point is these animals don't deserve to be out, going home, and having ANY freedom. Even if they are facing trial, point is they are free to live. What about this little boy who will forever carry the scars of his abusers!!

  • Cary Tom Aug 18, 2015
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    So sad any child has to start life this way. Lock them up. Cage them for years. They are dangers and no use to society

  • John Barbara Aug 18, 2015
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    The only time the Wake DA will charge the birth mother with child abuse is when there is a dead body or a television camera on site or on the way.

    It's a sad fact of life.

  • Brian White Aug 18, 2015
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    Are we going to do away with the rest of the Bill of Rights while we're at it, or just the parts you disagree with?

  • Diana Barden Aug 18, 2015
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    The expression on Mom's face seems to say that she can't wait to get out and "talk" to the child again.

  • K Hope Capps Aug 18, 2015
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    I'm glad he's out of this environment and I hope he finds a safe home.