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Pair charged with denying medical care to diabetic child

Posted May 17, 2011
Updated May 18, 2011

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— The parents of a 13-year-old diabetic child were charged Tuesday after police say they denied medical care to the boy, resulting in his near death.

Jerome Rufaro Redmond and Nicole Redmond were each charged with felony child abuse. Warrants state that the couple is also charged with neglecting four other boys, ages 8, 9, 11 and 14, in terms of medical care, supervision, education and nutrition.

The abuse took place between 2008 and 2010, warrants allege.

A neighbor at the family's former house in Fuquay-Varina, at 4140 Hampton Park Way, said that she saw the oldest son wandering down a busy street several times and that Nicole Redmond had many confrontations with neighbors.

She said the family moved out in December and that the children are living with their grandparents. Warrants list Jerome Redmond's address as Clayton and Nicole Redmond's address as Topsail Beach.

The Redmonds were both being held in the Wake County jail Tuesday on $40,000 bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The Wake County sheriff's office declined to comment on the case.

The criminal investigation was prompted by reports from a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Fuquay-Varina, warrants state.

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  • reubenqc May 26, 2011

    Also, the Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Fuquay-Varina replied stating that she did not warrant state. The truth appears to be far from this article and will surface further in this case.

  • reubenqc May 19, 2011

    without the facts and everything associated with this case, the comments made on this couple are speculation and are based solely on the article. i know for a fact that nicole homeschooled all five boys and upon entering school during their first year performed very well and were honor students. their sons are very talented and the accuzations that were made against this couple were blown way out of proportion! the wake county public school system has their records. there are other neighbors who have positive things to say about this family that were not put in this article. when these children were taken away from their parents (who love them), it was discovered (not written in this article) that nicole did a better job raising her children in the past 15 years than the individual foster care that was received for each children. the oldest has escaped several times from custody. the foster parents did a poor job in regulating the needed medication. every family has their imper

  • SaltlifeLady May 18, 2011

    This case has nothing to do with Medicaid or insurance. This Child has a very serious illness that is monitored by a specialist and seen multiple times yearly,not to mention other people who would have been involved in this child's care and noticed a pattern of non-compliance and health changes. In a diabetic, blood work also reveals if the person is being treated properly. This child would have needed daily medication at school and if he never had it to give that would have been picked up on as well, not to mention he probably had attendance issues. I am sure the time frame involved collection of information, especially since the other kids did not have problems so easily detectable.

  • scarletindurham May 18, 2011

    keeahmee is right, if the child had Medicaid it actually would have been caught sooner. However, I am willing to bet this child did not have Medicaid simply because there is paperwork and waiting around an office all day involved to enroll. If these parents let their child almost die because they were too lazy to address a very serious but highly treatable illness, then I'm assuming they "forgot" to re-enroll their children on Medicaid one of these years. SHAME!

  • keeahmee May 18, 2011

    DHHS would be at fault if she was receiving medicaid,if she was than she is suppose to take them yearly. It sounds like neglect to get him the proper care for his disease

  • fayncmike May 18, 2011

    "They should both be executed.
    sctech"

    Don't you think that's just a tad over reactive? or are you simply being facetious? I don't men this as any sort of insult but it's simply how it strikes me.

  • fayncmike May 18, 2011

    "Pair charged with denying medical care to diabetic child"

    I would love to know the reason for the denial. Was it simply neglect, some religious reason or just what was it?

  • LoveBeingAMommy May 17, 2011

    They need a higher bond then what they got.

  • Fuquay Resident May 17, 2011

    ncmedic201, how is it DHHS fault? Are they supposed to go check on every child in the US every 6 months or so? Maybe every child under 18 should have to go to the doctor once a year and the doctor's report sent to DHHS so they can review it. NOT!!!

  • ncmedic201 May 17, 2011

    Wow and according to the warrants this started 3 years ago. Way to go DHHS...not!

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