HARMONY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A couple is facing charges after investigators say a 3-year-old child was severely burned on their feet and legs.
According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, investigators were called to Davis Regional Medical Center Saturday evening to a report of a young child with severe injuries. The child had been brought in by EMS from a home in Harmony.
"Once at the hospital, medical staff discovered severe burns on both feet and legs of the child," officials said in a news released. "The child also had other injuries on the body that appeared to be from an assault."
The burns on the child’s legs appeared to be a few days old and were consistent with the feet and legs being exposed to extremely hot water, according to officials.
Detectives interviewed the child’s father, 23-year-old Justin Lee Osborne, at the hospital and searched the child's home on Boger Farm Road.
When they arrived, the child’s step-mother, 21-year-old Amy Leanne Clew, was at the home with three other small children.
Deputies said the home was in poor condition and contacted the Iredell County Dept. of Social Services who responded to the home and took custody of the remaining children.
The 3-year-old child was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital for further treatment and is currently in Critical Condition in Pediatric ICU.
Clew and Osborne were arrested and charged with one count of Felony Child Abuse each and three counts of Misdemeanor Child Abuse each. Both Amy Clew and Justin Osborne are being held in the Iredell County Jail under a $1 million secured bond.