A Gaston County man faces child abuse charges after authorities found two of his stepchildren injured.
Jackie Edward Nanney, 27, was charged Friday with four counts of habitual misdemeanor assault, one count of misdemeanor child abuse and a single count of felony child abuse.
Gaston County police said its officers and social services workers had gone to a residence in the 100 block of Walk-A-Long Way in Mount Holly last Sunday to do a welfare check on children at the home.
During the visit, authorities discovered two children, ages 1 and 2, who had been abused. Both victims had bruises on their head, face, legs and back, while the 1-year-old also had a broken rib.
Police said Nanney is married to the childrens mother but is not their biological father. Two older children also lived at the home but were not injured. The children were put in the custody of Gastons Department Of Social Services pending an investigation by that agency.
Nanney was being held Saturday in the Gaston County jail under a $100,000 bond.