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Knightdale Couple Charged With Child Abuse

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KNIGHTDALE — Nadine Hunter, 20, and her boyfriendTyrone Bennet have been charged with felony child abuse. Police believeBennett severely abused Hunter's 2-year-old son while Hunter watchedwithout interfering.

The alleged beatings took place in the couple's Knightdale mobile homethree weeks ago. The child was admitted to Wake Medical Center because hewas having seizures believed to have been brought on by multiple head andbodily injuries.

Captain T.S. Matthews, of the Wake County Sheriff's Department, saysthat's when they began questioning Hunter and Bennett.

Police say it took some time to build their case. The arrests were madeTuesday.

Locally, there have been four highly-publicized child abuse cases inthe past two weeks. Three of the four children involved have died, butpolice say that does not mean there's an increase in child abuse. Matthewssays it seems that way because these recent cases have been so severe.

Authorities say they think this latest case goes back at least threemonths. When the injuries go so bad he had to be hospitalized, onSeptember 9, 1996, they felt they had to move in.

In addition to severe head injuries, the boy had a broken arm, a brokenleg and two broken ribs, all injuries the police believe went untreatedfor months.

There was no reaction from neighbors.

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