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Child Abuse Case 'Horrendous,' Police Chief Says

Posted April 21, 2008

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— The parents of a 4-month-old baby girl have been charged with felony child abuse after, Roanoake Rapids police say, as many as 40 bones in the child's body were broken.

Jasmine Broady, 19, and Terry Jay Lee, 24, were arrested Friday following a nearly two-month investigation into the case.

At the time, 2-month-old Shaniyah Lee had fractures to her skull, her ribs and her arms, Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton said.

Police received an initial report of abuse from the Department of Social Services in late February. The child was removed from her parents' custody while the child was tested to see if the broken bones were the result of a genetic disorder or a severe fall.

"These injuries are not consistent with falling on a playground or any normal childhood injuries," Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton said.

Hinton would not say exactly how the child was injured but said the alleged abuse was "just really horrendous."

"This is the worst case of abuse that I have seen," he said. Authorities say the child is expected to recover.

Friends of Lee said Monday he had nothing to do with the alleged abuse and was at work.

"He had nothing to do with it, and he is in jail now for something he didn't know what happened," Alan Robinson Jr. said.

Police said there was enough evidence to charge both parents with the crime.

Broady and Lee were in the Halifax County Jail Monday, each under a $20,000 bond. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

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  • NCMOMof3 Apr 22, 4:56 p.m.

    what is worse than this baby being abused (and not much is worse) is once these people (I refuse to call them parents) serve what will amount to probation plus time served they will be allowed to have more babies. This will not be their first to be abused. That is a sad fact

  • Tired of your excuses Apr 22, 3:30 p.m.

    Praying that the baby will improve. Praying that the birth parents will get what they deserve.

  • nauticagirl501 Apr 22, 3:21 p.m.

    very sad breaks my heart :(

  • wcnc Apr 22, 12:28 p.m.

    pegasis- Read the article- the doctor's have already tested and RULED OUT any genetic issue regarding the bones. That was being done during the 2 months the child was out of the home. So, obviously something happened to this child. Even if the parents didn't beat the child, they obviously are neglectful in not taking the child to the doctor. A child with 4 broken bones WILL CRY and a parent who doesn't take a crying child to the doctor is neglectful.

  • 3potato4 Apr 22, 12:20 p.m.

    This story needs to be updateed when they find more information about the genetic tests!!! Obviously something is wrong with this childs bones. Child birth is brutal and this can happen during child birth in children with the genetic disorder that causes brittle bones. Calcium defiency can be a major problem as well. Bone density test need to be conducted. NO PARENT WOULD DO THIS. I know these people and they wouldnt do that!!!!
    pegasis

    That's already been ruled out. Does anyone know what a possible maximum sentence for these charges will be?

  • Why Is My Slim Physique Envied Apr 22, 11:42 a.m.

    It's about time DSS did something right...can't say the same for poor Kayla in Richlands. She died due to their incompetence and the killer went free due to the incompetence of our legal system.

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Apr 22, 11:22 a.m.

    I don't know... skull fractures from a brittle bone disorder? That doesn't meet the test of common sense. But we shall see.

  • baileysmom3 Apr 22, 11:07 a.m.

    This story needs to be updateed when they find more information about the genetic tests!!! Obviously something is wrong with this childs bones. Child birth is brutal and this can happen during child birth in children with the genetic disorder that causes brittle bones. Calcium defiency can be a major problem as well. Bone density test need to be conducted. NO PARENT WOULD DO THIS. I know these people and they wouldnt do that!!!!

  • baileysmom3 Apr 22, 11:01 a.m.

    There is a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily. this can occur during childbirth in some cases.

    THIS NEEDS FURTHER INVESTIGATION. DONT BLAME PARENTS FOR WHAT COULD HAPPEN BECAUSE OF A MEDICAL CONDITION. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT ANY ONE WOULD DO TO THEIR CHILD. thIS is just crazy. are you all that nuts. There is obviously medical conditions here!!!!

  • Adelinthe Apr 22, 10:58 a.m.

    "He had nothing to do with it, and he is in jail now for something he didn't know what happened," Alan Robinson Jr. said.

    Yeah right! And I've got five acres of mountain land in south Florida I'll sell you.

    These people had no idea what a child that young was capable of. It was undoubtedly beat for crying, something that every infant does regardless of how much you beat them.

    It's shameful that this would happen in an enlightened society, but its also shameful that this enlightened society doesn't have something in place to teach young teens what to expect of a baby. If they knew, perhaps there would be less teen pregnancies.

    Praying for this wee one.

    And praying for justice for her, swift and harsh.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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