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Durham police charge parents with abusing 2-month-old boy

Posted October 16, 2015

Willie Lee Martin III and Jessica Naomi Watkins are each charged with felony child abuse.
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— A man and woman have been charged with felony child abuse after Durham police say they injured their 2-month-old son.

Willie Lee Martin III and Jessica Naomi Watkins are each charged with felony child abuse.

Police said the boy was brought to a local hospital in mid-September with serious injuries. The child suffered broken bones, bleeding in his eyes and other injuries, police said.

Martin and Watkins were arrested Thursday and were being held in the Durham County jail under separate $250,000 bonds.

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  • Sonja Yagel Oct 16, 2015
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    These monsters make me sick.

  • Anita Gibson Oct 16, 2015
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    probably the last name of the baby's father and there was another one on here yesterday where she killed her 2 week old in June and they are just arresting her. I guess the autopsies take a long long time. Maybe a big back log in the paperwork.

  • Dean Morron Oct 16, 2015
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    Let me get this straight ???? His last name is Martin, her last name is Watkins, but the baby's last name is " Herskowitz " ???? And WRAL reports … " Durham police say they injured their 2-month-old son." I put emphasis on THEIR.

    Someone please figure this out !!!! And why wait till now for the arrest … a full month ?

  • Ray Lee Smythe Oct 16, 2015
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    Too many people out there having children that shouldn't be having them to begin with.

  • Joe Welch Oct 16, 2015
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    It takes a special kind of evil to abuse a defenseless child. Unfortunately the Criminal Justice system will not let the punishment fit the crime. The morals in this country have gone down the toilet.

  • Marcy Lyn Oct 16, 2015
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    What is wrong with people.

  • Marcia Maloney Oct 16, 2015
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    These two shouldnt even be parents