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Soldier charged with injuring infant

Posted September 30, 2016

Richard Thomas Wing II
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— A Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with repeatedly abusing an infant, Hoke County authorities said Friday.

Richard Thomas Wing II, 24, of 740 Pinebluff Lake Road in Aberdeen, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. He was being held in the Hoke County jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

An infant was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital's Hoke Campus in March with injuries that physicians determined weren't accidental. After several months of testing, authorities found the child had numerous internal injuries at various stages of healing.

Authorities said the alleged abuse occurred at a residence in the 200 block of Driftwood Lane in Raeford between Nov. 30 and March 24.

Wing is a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.


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  • Mary Meadows Sep 30, 2:20 p.m.
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    Thank you. Hopefully the child wasn't exposed to more harm during that time frame.

  • Anita Gibson Sep 30, 12:29 p.m.
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    Some testing for diseases can take a long time. Especially if they have to wait for insurance approval. They might have been testing for things like brittle bone disease, vitamin deficiencies, etc. that could explain the injuries. With the child still in parental custody the insurance is still paying and sometimes they just don't want to pay.

  • Anita Gibson Sep 30, 12:27 p.m.
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    I was thinking the same thing. I looked at their Facebook pages. It appears he's separated from his wife. She had made a few posts a year or so ago about how hard things had been on the family. They had lived in a nasty, mold infested house, struggled with bills and he had been deployed to Afghanistan. It also appears they have another child thats about two. While I don't condone what he allegedly did I think they really need to help him. Too many Fort Bragg soldiers are being charged with this same thing. Something is wrong and they're not seeing it.

  • Mary Meadows Sep 30, 12:21 p.m.
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    After several months of testing? Why so long?

  • Aiden Audric Sep 30, 12:10 p.m.
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    Hopefully they look into his deployment history and mentally evaluate him.

    While his actions are absolutely and undeniably inexcusable, and he must pay for his (alleged) crime, it would be inhumane to not treat any war-caused mental problems.