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Bragg soldier charged with abusing infant son

Posted April 2, 2013

— A Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with abusing his 5-week-old son, Spring Lake police said Tuesday.

Steve Ray Bravo, 24, of 700 Wellons Ave., was arrested Monday night on a charge of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $75,000 bond.

Bravo and the baby's mother, Krystal Cruz, took the child to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center early Thursday, saying he wasn't breathing properly, police said. Hospital staff determined that the boy had suffered major brain injuries, and they notified police, saying the injuries weren't the result of an accident.

An arrest warrant states the infant also suffered a torn retina and bruising, swelling and redness in the forehead and nose.

Police say the injuries occurred three days before the couple went to the hospital.

Spring Lake home where baby injured Police say baby injured days before taken to hospital

The baby was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

District Court Judge Luis Olivera ordered that Bravo, a specialist assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Bragg, be confined to barracks on post if he is able to post bond. The judge also warned Cruz that she would be held in contempt of court if she tries to contact Bravo if he's released from jail.

Spring Lake Police Chief Troy McDuffie said the case remains under investigation but declined to say whether Cruz would be charged.


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  • whoami Apr 8, 2013

    You would know if your kid was brain injured to this extent after 3 days. Charge 'em both.

  • butterflybaby42 Apr 4, 2013

    I know Steve and he is a good person, praying for the baby, and the situation as a whole!

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Apr 4, 2013

    schlicher2009 - THIS IS A LEGAL CASE AND YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE?I'm sure his lawyers will love the fact that you are making comments and defending him/her. OR state will like it if you make a mistake & type something you can't take back... just something to think about !!!!

  • schlicher2009 Apr 3, 2013

    i dont see how anyone can believe any of this.. if you guys were on the other side of the fence and KNEW THE TRUTH INSTEAD OF WHAT YOUR LEARNING FROM THE MEDIA, you would see all of the BS and LIES that the NEWS PEOPLE are throwing out there...

  • yinyangtkdgirl Apr 3, 2013

    Child abuse is not a "soldier" issue. It is a parenting issue. I have worked firsthand with many families where child abuse is an issue. It happens in every socioecomic class, every racial and ethnic background. Having grown up in the military, yes, there were families were one of the parents was abusive, but this is not because the parent was a soldier.

  • yinyangtkdgirl Apr 3, 2013

    I'm not sure how some of you are saying the mother should be charged when I saw nothing in the story that indicated that the mother was involved or even knew what he had done.


    She may not have actually harmed the baby herself, but there is no way the father inflicted those injuries without her knowing. Waiting three days to seek medical attention? She is just as responsible.

  • 82d Airborne Apr 3, 2013

    People, please do not begin with the "soldiers are evil" routine, every soldier that has stood a post to keep your freedom alive should be respected and given the benefit of the justice system working for the truth.
    For the one intellectual that said "These soldiers....all they know is abuse and violence." I believe that you would never be able to write that if we soldiers had not been violent and abusive towards those that look to take just that away from you or in fact just ask how evil we are to those people that have been saved from hell in those countries where they wish they had soldiers to protect their voice, to you I say YOU ARE QUITE WELCOME and don't worry because all of us soldiers will stand a post for you no matter what you say, sleep well my fellow American? A US soldier is on duty for you all day and night!

  • schlicher2009 Apr 3, 2013

    all of you people are sitting here acting like Steve and Krystal are monsters... they are not.. they are BOTH INNOCENT!!!!! only true ignorance can believe everything that they hear/read on the news.. you people are the ones who are sick.. i just read lie after lie in this 1 little news feed. and for the ignorant ones who say he will claim ptsd just because he is a soldier. go get a life.. not every soldier does that.. and if he was gonna claim ptsd he would have done it already..

  • 2323 Apr 2, 2013

    That is sick.

  • thinkb4uspeakplz Apr 2, 2013

    unbelievable...there are no words