A woman has been arrested and accused of failing to seek help for a 2-year-old child who showed signs of physical and sexual abuse.
Jacqueline Nicole Hurst, 35, was charged with child neglect.
An examination showed the boy’s head, face and private area was bruised. He also had a hand print on the left side of his chest, and his buttocks had a laceration, according to an arrest affidavit.
An employee at The Children’s Advocacy Center told sheriff’s Detective Craig Evans the child has signs of sexual and physical abuse, including blood on the boy’s diaper, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Hurst told Evans that Larry Gene Stevens told her the boy fell from the crib. She said she was at work at the time and Stevens refused to send her any pictures. She said he told her the child was fine. She said when she got home, she checked the child and he was asleep and covered in urine.
Hurst said when she saw the child’s injuries, she ran outside and screamed for someone to call 911. She said Stevens told her to calm down and he refused to call 911. Hurst said she was afraid to leave, so she stayed with the child until the next morning. She said she took the child to work so she could call 911.
Evans interviewed a man who lives at the residence with Hurst and Stevens, and he said he heard them arguing. He told the detective they argued frequently so it did not bother him. The man said he did not hear Hurst tell Stevens to call 911 or her yelling for help. He also said she never asked him for help, according to the affidavit.
The detective visited Hurst’s former job. Employees said she drove the child to work on the day in question and left the boy in the vehicle with the engine running for about 20 to 30 minutes. One employee told Evans that when they saw the child’s injuries, he threatened to call 911.
When paramedics arrived, the employees said she argued with them, saying she would take the child to the hospital herself. Paramedics eventually took the child to the hospital.
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