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Autopsy Completed on Beaten Three-Year-Old

Posted September 26, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— More disturbing details surrounding the death of a 3-year-old Cumberland County boy came to light when results of his autopsy were released Thursday.

When deputies found Charlie Bradshaw dead in the bathroom of his Gray's Creek home Monday, they believed he was beaten to death. The autopsy appeared to confirm that, and identified the murder weapons as a hammer and one other object which has yet to be found.

Bradshaw's mother, Sharon, has been charged with murder. Her two other sons, ages 5 and 8, were in the home at the time of the beating, and telephoned for assistance saying their mother needed help.

Sharon Bradshaw's mental condition is being evaluated at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh.

Another Cumberland County boy allegedly beaten by his mother and her boyfriend, died Thursday afternoon after spending a week in a coma.

The beating was reported to the sheriff's department last Wednesday. The 18-month-old boy's mother, Tamara Melvin, and her boyfriend, Steven Franklin, are in custody. They had been charged with child abuse, and were under $25,000 bond.

Other charges are expected now that the child has died.