Union County man charged with abuse of 8-week-old son

- An 8-week-old is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering abuse at the hands of his father, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they were called to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte Saturday morning regarding a report of possible child abuse with suspected head trauma.

The baby’s father, 27-year-old Ronald Lance Roberts, of Monroe, was arrested after deputies spoke with medical personnel and interviewed family members, according to a press release.

“We investigate every case with the same degree of intensity.  But when you talk about a case of child abuse, that takes it to a different level.  We are all praying for this little boy,” said Sheriff Eddie Cathey.

Roberts is charged with child abuse. He was taken to the Union County Jail and is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

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