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Man Charged With Burning Toddler Released on Bond

Posted July 23, 2007

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— A local man charged Friday with burning his 20-month old son with an iron was released on bond Monday.

Darrell Eugene Matthews Jr., 25, of 143 W. Mountain Drive, was charged Friday with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. He was released on a $10,000 secured bond and is due back in court Aug. 9.

Erica Elizabeth Matthews, 22, of the same address, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to abuse. Authorities said she failed to report the abuse and gave investigators contradictory information.

The boy and his 4-year-old brother have been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

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  • AFLOWERS Jul 25, 2007

    NOT TOO WORRIED ABOUT THIS FELLOW BECAUSE HE WILL GET HIS... HE WILL BURN TOO. THAT IS UNLESS HE ASKS GOD FOR FORGIVENESS AND REPENTS HIS SINS. BUT I DO HOPE HIS LIFE HERE ON EARTH IS A LIVING HELL FOR WHAT HE DID TO THAT POOR CHILD !!

  • FairLady Jul 24, 2007

    This horrible guy has a myspace profile where he has "I don't want kids" in the section about children. I hope they don't let him be a parent to these boys anymore.

  • moglinferno Jul 24, 2007

    "GOD IS GOING TO MAKE YOU PAY!!!!!! BURN!!!!!!!" - Wow. Angry? I'm sure god really loves that attitude.

    Anyway, I agree his bond should have been higher. Who in their right mind (friends or family) would support him, put that money up to get him out? Everyone around him must be off the rocker too.

  • iamforjustice Jul 24, 2007

    smithfield...even your intention is to educate you shouldn't try and degress the comments of no bond. Episodes of this kind makes people mad, especially "good" parents. They feel the bond should be much higher in a case like this. If they had burned an animal the bond would be much higher. Don't dismiss the hearts that feel for this kid. The bond should have been 5 million dollars and that is the truth!!!

  • weasleyes Jul 24, 2007

    Child abuse of this sort, when proved, should be a capital offense! NO bail! There should be absolutely NO excuse for intentionally harming (burns, bruises, locking in closets, starving, leaving in hot cars)a child. And no, I am not talking about giving a 10-year old a spanking! I am talking about clear abuse! Any judge that gives an animal like this bail, is as bad as he is.....

  • dont-be-a-hater Jul 23, 2007

    What's even worse is that both the mother and father will have both kids back in their care in the future and that will be a story that won't be posted...until something else happens to the poor child. Sad system we have in place to protect our babies of the future.

  • gratefultoGOD Jul 23, 2007

    This is beyond my comprehension!!! Why do you pick on an innocent child... SO much smaller than you... BULLY!!! BIG BULLY. Out on bond??? Not for long... somebody is going to BURN you... if not, they will in jail... THEY HATE child hurters!!! Be sure your sins will find you out... GOD IS GOING TO MAKE YOU PAY!!!!!! BURN!!!!!!!

  • carolinahome Jul 23, 2007

    dont_preach that profile is toooooo funny!

  • smithfielddog Jul 23, 2007

    Folks, the purpose of a bond is to ensure appearance in court - it is not to punish. Under the Constitution of North Carolina, he is entitled to a bond.

    I'm not endorsing the conduct. If he did it, a serious punishment is deserved. But it's tiring reading the same "no bond" comments in case after case.

  • dont_preach Jul 23, 2007

    i agree nancy! thats crazy!!!!

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