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Dudley man accused of abusing 2-month-old baby

Posted August 24, 2012 10:12 a.m. EDT
Updated August 24, 2012 10:37 a.m. EDT

— The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday it has arrested a Dudley man accused of abusing and seriously injuring a 2-month-old baby.

James Linwood Montgomery Jr., 22, of 112 Rhodes Drive, was charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and was held on a $211,000 secured bond.

He is related to the baby, but authorities did not say how.

The baby, whose name and gender were not released, was taken Duplin General Hospital and Pitt Memorial Hospital on July 27 with life-threatening injuries that were consistent with being shaken, according to the sheriff's office.

The baby suffered multiple rib fractures, extensive intracranial injury, subdural hematoma, a broken arm, broken leg and skull fracture. The baby was released from the hospital, "is doing well" and was placed in foster care pending the investigation, according to the sheriff's office.

"The mother of the baby has been a tremendous asset to the investigation and is not considered a suspect," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Montgomery also had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court on traffic violations in Bladen County, authorities said.