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Two Cumberland Mothers Accused Of Abusing Children

Posted December 30, 2003

— Two mothers are behind bars charged with abusing their own children.

Cumberland County sheriff's detectives arrested 23-year-old Kimberly Edwards on Tuesday and charged her with five counts of felony child abuse and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

Authorities said Edwards took her 16-month-old daughter to Cape Fear Valley Medial Center on Dec. 29. Doctorss determined that the child had suffered two broken ankles, four rib fractures and a compressed skull fracture. In addition, the child had a large bald spot located on the top center of her skull.

According to medical evidence, the hair had been pulled from the child's head over a period of three weeks to three days. The injuries to the bones range in time from 14 days to 48 hours.

Authorities also arrested 23-year-old Fort Bragg Spc. Rebecca Marie Toney Tuesday and charged her with one count of felony child abuse.

Investigators said Toney took her 34-month-old son to Womack Army Medical Center on Nov. 15 with burns to his feet. Medical evidence indicates that the child suffered second- and third-degree burns to his left foot and second-degree burns to his right foot.

The child was transported to the Chapel Hill Burn Center where he was treated for his injuries. Doctors have determined that the burns were the result of immersion into a hot liquid.

"I think it's wrong," Toney said at the Sheriff's Office. "I don't think I should have to go to jail for something that I did not do.

Authorities said the cases are unrelated and the children in each of the cases is expected to recover from their injuries. Edwards and Toney are expected to appear in court Wednesday.


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