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Infant seriously injured; 2 charged

A Gaston County couple have been charged with child abuse in a case involving a 2-month-old, according to Mount Holly police.

William Timothy Walker Jr., 25, and Carmen Leighann Holden, 19, were arrested within the past week, Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper said Wednesday. Police did not say whether the suspects were the parents of the child.

Police say the investigation began July 19, when authorities at Carolinas Medical Center contacted officers about the injuries suffered by the child a few weeks earlier. The infant had suffered a number of broken bones.

Holden was arrested late last week and charged with one felony count of child abuse and four misdemeanor counts of child abuse, according to Gaston County jail records. She was released on $50,000 bond.

Walker was arrested Tuesday and charged with five felony counts of child abuse, according to Gaston County jail records. He remained jailed Wednesday under $150,000 bond, according to county records.

The infant is recovering from his injuries and is in the custody of the Gaston County Department of Social Services.

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