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Infant Suffers Fractured Skull, Babysitter Charged With Child Abuse

Posted August 30, 2007 6:58 p.m. EDT
Updated August 31, 2007 5:16 a.m. EDT

— An infant was critically injured late Wednesday, and his babysitter was charged Thursday with child abuse, police said.

Sharon Bryant, 24, of 6003-C Shanda Drive in Raleigh, was charged with felony child abuse and was being held in the Wake County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Police said Bryant admitted throwing the 11½-month-old boy to the floor as she kept him in her apartment.

The child suffered a fractured skull and a brain hemorrhage, police said. He was listed in critical condition Thursday evening at WakeMed.

It wasn't clear if Bryant, who wasn't related to the child, was caring for other children in her home, police said.

The incident is the fourth criminal case involving child victims in the area in the past week. The other three cases ended in child fatalities.

Diontay Deshone Williams, 24, of 1307 Castalia Drive in Cary, was charged with murder on Aug. 23 in the shaking death of his 7-month-old son.

Jerry Alan Helisek, 39, of Pointer Drive in Raleigh, was charged with murder on Sunday in the slaying of his girlfriend's 2½-year-old daughter.

Eric Brandon Carter Jr., 18, of Raleigh, was charged with murder Tuesday in the death of his 10½-month-old daughter.