Two South Carolina law enforcement officers whose baby boy is in a Charlotte hospital with seizure-like symptoms and a neck injury were arrested Friday on charges related to what happened to their son, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said.
Robert Jeffrey Taylor, 45, a corporal with the City of York Police Department, was charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury on a child and unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person. If convicted of the charges, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
Taylor resigned Wednesday, York Police Chief Andy Robinson said.
Taylor’s wife, Audrey Colli Schurig, 36, a sergeant with the Chester Police Department, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person. A conviction on that charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Schurig was suspended without pay, although her job status “is subject to change in the upcoming days,” a department spokeswoman said.
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Warrants for the parents’ arrests were signed Friday by a judge in York, S.C.
Taylor and Schurig were arrested in Charlotte by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Each was jailed on $50,000 bail, and they await extradition, according to Mecklenburg County jail records.
The parents will be prosecuted by the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, according to SLED. The 16th Circuit covers the South Carolina counties of York and Union.
The couple were arrested after a SLED investigation requested by Rock Hill police.
The arrest warrants say the child was injured between Nov. 30 and Feb. 15.
According to a search warrant, the baby’s parents took him to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill with brain and neck injuries, The (Rock Hill) Herald reported. The boy was flown to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, where he remains hospitalized, the newspaper reported Friday.