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Infant Suffers Fractured Skull, Babysitter Charged With Child Abuse

Posted August 30, 2007
Updated August 31, 2007

— An infant was critically injured late Wednesday, and his babysitter was charged Thursday with child abuse, police said.

Sharon Bryant, 24, of 6003-C Shanda Drive in Raleigh, was charged with felony child abuse and was being held in the Wake County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Police said Bryant admitted throwing the 11½-month-old boy to the floor as she kept him in her apartment.

The child suffered a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage, police said. He was listed in critical condition Thursday evening at WakeMed.

It wasn't clear if Bryant, who wasn't related to the child, was caring for other children in her home, police said.

The incident is the fourth criminal case involving child victims in the area in the past week. The other three cases ended in child fatalities.

Diontay Deshone Williams, 24, of 1307 Castalia Drive in Cary, was charged with murder on Aug. 23 in the shaking death of his 7-month-old son.

Jerry Alan Helisek, 39, of Pointer Drive in Raleigh, was charged with murder on Sunday in the slaying of his girlfriend's 2½-year-old daughter.

Eric Brandon Carter Jr., 18, of Raleigh, was charged with murder Tuesday in the death of his 10½-month-old daughter.


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  • oldrebel Sep 1, 2007

    Stories make me sick to my stomach. How can some be so blind to the vulnerability of infants and young children? It is so sad to see these kinds of things over and over again. Railing against the abuser is understandable, but prevention is what we really need. After the fact, the damage is done.

  • common_sense_plz Sep 1, 2007

    This woman has no excuse for what she did to this child, I don't care what or who so called did her wrong. It is no excuse for nearly killing a baby, throwing it down on the ground. From emails I have received, this child is still in GRAVE danger. The Dr. continue to srill holes to reduce swelling and pressure, but it is still very much in the hands of the LORD. IT is terrible what this woman did, but this child, his parents & all the medical staff need our prayers.

  • spazman Sep 1, 2007

    Hope she likes carp

  • shecares Aug 31, 2007

    Some day this woman is going to know how it is to be hurt like this baby was. Hope she realizes how it is to be in a situation where you have no control. Prays for the family and alot for that blessed littile child. GOD BLESS.

  • Fair Tax Now Aug 31, 2007

    Interesting-no censorship on this story, censorship on the Homeowner shoots intruder, what could be the criteria?

  • suitedbaby Aug 31, 2007

    put her in jail and throw away the key!!!!!!!! she's a sick human!!!!!

  • NCGal Aug 31, 2007

    MouseHouse, apologies. Should have said Cherry Point marine killed his infant son. There, better?

  • MouseHouse Aug 31, 2007

    NCGal, why does it matter that "Daddy dearest is Marine?" Is that really relevant?

  • NCGal Aug 31, 2007

    Don't know if it's mentioned here but a father was arrested in Jacksonville for killing his 10-month-old son. Daddy dearest is a Marine.

  • oneday8035 Aug 31, 2007

    Not everyone has the luxury of being able to stay at home with their children, I did not. It's not always a matter of giving up the extras but a matter of winding up a single mom/dad with no other choice. I did have the luxury of a family member to keep my child so I did not have to depend on others but sometimes there is no choice. This person deserves whatever punishment is given to her in court, prison and in hell.