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Two charged with attempted murder, child abuse, warrants say

Posted July 22, 2016 10:31 a.m. EDT
Updated July 22, 2016 6:49 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police on Thursday charged a man and woman with attempted murder after a 15-year-old was found with fractured bones and "massive blood loss."

Shatuana Nicole McGee, 42, and Verrone Nicosia O'Neal, 36, both of 3206 Dove Tree Lane, Raleigh, were charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and attempted murder, according to arrest warrants. The home was described as a group living environment where McGee and O'Neal lived with children related to them, and other children they provided services for.

The warrant said the victim suffered multiple fractures, bruises to the lower back, had fluid in her lungs, and had massive blood loss and internal bleeding that caused her stomach to swell and become distended. McGee, who was listed as a registered nurse aide with an expired license, and O'Neal were providing respite care for the child, according to the warrants.

During McGee's court appearance Friday afternoon, the prosecutor said the female teen was autistic and unable to speak. According to the state, the couple was in the process of getting licensing for foster parenting the girl.

The alleged incidents occurred between April 13 and June 10, 2016. According to police, officers were called to the home 10 separate times since January 2015.

McGee and O'Neal were being held under a $1.5 million bond.