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Man Charged After Toddler Burned With Iron

A Fayetteville man was charged Friday with felony child abuse after his 20-month old son was burned with an iron, authorities said.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A local man was charged Friday with felony child abuse after his 20-month old son was burned with an iron, authorities said.

Darrell Eugene Matthews Jr., 25, of 143 W. Mountain Drive, is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.

Investigators said Matthews' 4-year-old child witnessed the abuse.

Erica Elizabeth Matthews, 22, of the same address, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to abuse and was being held on a $2,000 unsecured bond. Authorities said she failed to report the abuse and gave investigators contradictory information.

Both children were placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

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