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Man Charged With Burning Toddler Released on Bond

Posted July 23, 2007 2:54 p.m. EDT

— A local man charged Friday with burning his 20-month old son with an iron was released on bond Monday.

Darrell Eugene Matthews Jr., 25, of 143 W. Mountain Drive, was charged Friday with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. He was released on a $10,000 secured bond and is due back in court Aug. 9.

Erica Elizabeth Matthews, 22, of the same address, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to abuse. Authorities said she failed to report the abuse and gave investigators contradictory information.

The boy and his 4-year-old brother have been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services.