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Rocky Mount man charged in death of girlfriend's toddler

Posted December 5, 2014

James Donnell Thorne

— Rocky Mount police have charged a 27-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler.

Police said Friday that James Donnell Thorne was taking care of the child, a 2-year-old boy, on Monday morning when emergency personnel were called because the boy was unresponsive. The child was taken to UNC Nash Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A medical examiner conducted an autopsy Thursday and ruled his death a homicide.

Thorne was held in the Edgecombe County jail without bond.


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  • Brandi Gaenzle Dec 8, 2014
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    This is becoming way too common. So sad!

  • Naysayer Dec 5, 2014

    Sad story that keeps repeating itself. Reminds me of the gut wrenching Teghan Skiba case. Hopefully someone reading or hearing about this story takes it to heart and gets out of a bad situation.

  • teakwood Dec 5, 2014

    So very sad. Prayers are with the family.

  • Brenda Lawrence Dec 5, 2014
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    Disgusting! Poor baby...

  • USMC Vet Dec 5, 2014

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    Yeah, blame it all on the mom.
    What did she do wrong other than trust someone obviously untrustworthy, something one doesn't always have a clue about until it's too late?
    The one at fault here is the man which is why he's the one in jail, and not the mom, so let's not try to deflect the responsibility for this away from the man and place it on the woman. k

  • 50s Child Dec 5, 2014

    Oh well, as long as the "mom" has a boyfriend, that's all that matters.

  • stymieindurham Dec 5, 2014

    A medical examiner conducted an autopsy Thursday and ruled his death a homicide.
    Based upon what??? Another poorly written story.