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Three Apex Adults Jailed For Alleged Abuse Of Infant

Posted May 16, 2002

— Police have arrested three members of an Apex family for their roles in a suspected child abuse case.

The

three are in jail

for two different incidents involving a 6-month-old boy.

Investigators believe the father of Gregory Lyman Jr. broke the child's skull and femur.

Gregory Lyman Sr. was arrested Wednesday along with the boy's mother, Sarah Lyman. She is charged with letting the alleged abuse happen.

Officers also arrested the baby's grandmother, Cheryl Lindenfelter, for not reporting the alleged abuse. Lindenfleter lives in the couple's home.

Doctors said the boy's injuries are extensive.

"Initially, they found a skull fracture and upon further examination they found the leg fracture and I believe there was one other fracture either of a leg or arm," said Shelley Desvousges, Wake County assistant district attorney.

The boy is recovering from his injuries in foster care. Doctors are not sure if he will suffer longterm damage.

"In a situation like this, having three people arrested, that's a pretty strong statement of what was going on in the home," said Jennifer Whiteside, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina executive director.

Whiteside said she hears about this kind of abuse a lot with children under age 2.

"Young children are vulnerable in that they can't speak up, but are often in situations that are protected and they're not being seen by other adults," she said.

To report suspected child abuse call Prevent Child Abuse N.C. at (800) 354-5437 or 1-919-733-2580.

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