$1 million bond set for Union County dad after 10-week-old son critically injured

Kyle Thomas Bendick
Kyle Thomas Bendick

A Union County man is being accused of physically abusing his 10-week-old-son, after paramedics found the child in critical condition on Thursday.

Kyle Thomas Bendick, 25, of Indian Trail is charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury for the trauma he allegedly inflicted on the boy, officials said. Bond was set at $1 million.

Union County Emergency Medical Services discovered the injuries after being called to Bendick’s home 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. Paramedics realized the injuries were consistent with abuse and called deputies and the Department of Social Service.

The baby was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Union County, then transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition, police said.

Detectives believe Bendick caused serious bodily injuries to the child Thursday, as well as other serious injuries, including fractures, over two weeks ago.

Bendick was watching his son when the injuries occurred. The boy’s mother was at work when it happened, investigators said.

Due to the seriousness of the child’s injuries, Bendick faces two Class B2 felonies, a result of the enhanced punishment resulting from Kilah’s Law. His court date is July 18.

“Child abuse cases impact everybody involved,” said Sheriff Eddie Cathey. “Not only is this child’s life in danger, the mother and other family members have to deal with what happened and try to understand why. These cases take a toll on the EMS workers, first responders, law enforcement, DSS as well as the prosecutors.”