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Durham man accused of beating baby

Posted July 12, 2009
Updated July 13, 2009

— A Durham man is accused of severely beating his girlfriend's 1-year-old daughter.

Joshua Ray Royster, 24, hit the child until she was unconscious June 27 at a home at 1818 Majestic Drive, according to the arrest warrant.

The child suffered severe head trauma and had bruises on her face and body, the warrant stated. She was listed in critical condition Sunday at Duke University Hospital.

The child's mother said her boyfriend had previously always taken good care of her baby.

Royster was arrested Sunday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a child and inflicting serious bodily injury.

He was being held at the Durham County Jail under a $5 million bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday morning.


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  • wheat Jul 14, 2009

    (ACCIDENTAL POSTING BEFORE I WAS DONE) but yea i hope he goes away for a very very long time and i also hope that the mom realizes how many people there are out there that are not as "good" or "genuine" as they may seem. poor baby girl.. i will pray for you.

  • wheat Jul 14, 2009

    i am a mother of two and it really hurts me to read this. how can someone have the gall to beat a one year old child to death? what kind of people skills is that? the poor girl is defensless. I am happy that he got that 5 million dollar bond, and i would hope that they will put him away for a VERY

  • familyfour Jul 14, 2009

    I believe I read in the article the child had on old injury that had healed.

    That would mean this wasn't the first time.

    Doesn't sound so good for the little one.

    May ALL responsible be held as such. That little one deserved to be protected.

  • cth1 Jul 14, 2009

    As of last night... the child was on life support and is not able to breath on her own. She has bruises on her stomach, head, arms and leg.
    The uncle is defending his nephew and said there's no way he did this. Uuummm.....the child was with him at the time of the injury. Guess this was another "accident".
    Yeah...right! This poor child was beat more than once!!
    Praying for the child and family!!

  • familyfour Jul 14, 2009

    Yes mother does need to be punished. It was her responsibility to ensure the safety of her child. Leaving the child with an irresponsible person is NOT above negligence.

    If the child is okay, and is returned to a mother who will continue to make these mistakes, there is nothing gained, and the child will continue to be in constant danger.

  • Tink 23 Jul 14, 2009

    As a single mom you have to be careful who you let around your child. I dated my currrent boyfriend for about eight months before he meet my daughter and I did not leave her alone with him until about a year and a half of dating I wonder how long she had knew this man before she let him keep her child. Just sad

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  • wizakid Jul 13, 2009

    May God be with this child. Sad, sad, story.

  • Professor Jul 13, 2009

    I am curious how this young man's mother and father including the rest of the family feel about him now. I hope he get 50 years in prison.

  • Professor Jul 13, 2009

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