In South Carolina, 21-year-old Billy Ray Hawkins Jr. and 19-year-old Rachael Jade Nicole Herron were arrested for beating their infant child and forcing a teething toy into the child’s mouth.
When the parents took their infant son to the hospital in Greenville, they claimed that a teething toy had exploded in their child’s mouth. Authorities were skeptical once they realized the evidence did not match their story.
The doctors discoverd that the poor baby had multiple fractures, including both arms, and several bruises on his body. His left eye was swollen shut. Not to mention the boy’s mouth was bloody, and had suffered extensive trauma.
Officers then discovered the teething toy in the trash at the emergency room. The toy was broken in half and had blood stains on it.
Both parents were arrested and charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury upon a child. Hawkins is being held on $50,000 bail, while Herron’s bail was set at $25,000.
The infant, meanwhile, was placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services.