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Raleigh mom accused of breaking 16-week-old baby's ribs

Posted July 29, 2014

Mary Martin Peele

— A Raleigh woman was arrested Monday on child abuse charges after police say she broke her 16-week-old boy's ribs and shoulder blades.

Mary Martin Peele, 34, of 2904 O'Kelly St., faces one count of felony intentional child abuse and one count of misdemeanor child abuse.

An arrest warrant says Martin "unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did intentionally inflict serious bodily injury" that broke 12 ribs and both scapulas on the baby.

Another warrant indicates the baby had a deep bite on its left shoulder.

Peele was initially jailed under a $250,000 bond, but during a court appearance Tuesday, a judge raised it to $400,000.

Police said the baby is out of the hospital and in custody of Wake County Child Protective Services.


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  • heard-it-all-before Jul 29, 2014


  • Kathy Sanders Jul 29, 2014

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    She's not crying about the child's pain; she's crying for herself and the trouble she's in.

  • Smart Alex Jul 29, 2014

    I don't know why she is crying she obviously didn't mind doing it. Gettting caught, well that is the thing!

  • Barbara Sossomon Jul 29, 2014

    DISGUSTING. How can anyone do something like that? Especially to a 4 month old baby?? She should never see that child again.

  • wayneboyd Jul 29, 2014

    I'm not fishing for gory details, but would like to know did this occur from an act of rage or did it happen over a period of time.
    I am a baby lover and it seems that almost every week there are gruesome stories of this nature in the news. Babys are delicate little creatures. You can't kick, slap and punch them around the way you can an adult their little bodies can't handle it.
    Shame on you woman, I'm sorry I can't call you a mom, that you definitely are not. But you should never be allowed to have or go near another one.

  • Naysayer Jul 29, 2014

    Glad they got the baby out of that house when they did. Too bad part of her sentence could not include her being forbidden from having anymore children.

  • PowderedToastMan Jul 29, 2014

    More proof a license should be required to have kids, which include a physiological evaluation.

  • BeachyKeen82 Jul 29, 2014


  • Hope Lives Jul 29, 2014

    A couple that we are good friends with and have known for 10 years are looking to adopt. They would be more than happy to take this little baby in and love it and provide for all of it's needs and then some!

  • euimport1 Jul 29, 2014

    now she's tearful?!???