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Two charged in assault that blinded 1-year-old

Posted April 30, 2010

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— A Carrboro man and woman were charged Tuesday in connection with physical abuse that has left a 1-year-old girl blind, police said.

Christopher Ray McBride, 28, of 810 Old Fayetteville Road, was charged with felony child abuse and felony assault with injury.

The child's mother, Darleene April Fernandez, 26, of 810 Old Fayetteville Road, was charged as an accessory after the fact. Police Capt. Joel Booker said that Fernandez lived with McBride and knew about the abuse but didn't report it.

The girl, whose name wasn't released, was recently treated for serious injuries to the back of her head, base of her skull and spinal cord, Booker said. She also had older injuries.

McBride and Fernandez told doctors that the girl had fallen, but doctors said the injuries were inconsistent with that and had more likely been inflicted by a person, Booker said. He said that the suspects also told conflicting stories to hospital workers, social services workers and police.

The girl's injuries caused blindness which is not correctable, Booker said.

McBride and Fernandez were both being held in the Orange County jail Friday. McBride had a $500,000 secured bond, and Fernandez had a $75,000 bond.

McBride has a criminal record that dates to 1999 and includes convictions for assault on a female, simple assault, manufacturing drugs and breaking and entering, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • dlb800 May 5, 2010

    So why would forced sterilization is such a bad idea?
    People want to punish people who abuse kids, why not prevent those people who SHOULDN'T be parents, from having kids.

    This would prevent alot of child abuse.
    It would prevent alot of welfare.

    Sounds like a win-win solution to me.

  • OzzzMan Apr 30, 2010

    I would adopt her! She deserves a good life.

  • oldrwizr Apr 30, 2010

    Now you can add assault on a baby to this creep's record. I hope he makes some good "friends" in prison.

  • SweetB Apr 30, 2010

    THEIR eyesight shoould be TAKEN away and then throw them back to the general population or just lose the keys...>>>>FURIOUS

  • OGE Apr 30, 2010

    Solitary Confignment for life thee is no other place in this world for people like this.

  • Kingfish Apr 30, 2010

    Hopefully both of them will be put into general population in prison. Even cons don't go for junk like this.

  • Butterfly Apr 30, 2010

    I just don't understand!! Why are women continually having children that do not want them. There is something called BIRTH CONTROL!! I hope that the woman who gave birth will NEVER be able to be near this child ever again. I hope and pray this woman never has children again. If you abuse them you should lose them forever!! I hope that punk gets put in Gen Pop and he is beaten to death!!

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Apr 30, 2010

    and mom's boyfriend should take the same trip. *sigh* i can not, for the life of me, imagine allowing my fiance to beat my children and not stop him. heck, i couldnt even stand back and watch him do that to his own children without intervening. what is wrong with people?

    oh oh, wait, i think i know. she 'loves' him too much to prevent him from doing this, right? pathetic...

  • blahblahblah Apr 30, 2010

    I just got sick to my stomach after reading this.

  • KermitDFrog Apr 30, 2010

    What I want to say won't be printed... People like this make me sick. We have no room in modern society for scum like this.

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