Child, 3, critical after being assaulted with scalding hot water, Iredell sheriff says

Justin Osborne and Amy Clew
Justin Osborne and Amy Clew

An Iredell County couple has been charged with felony child abuse after investigators say they learned a 3-year-old had been assaulted and burned with boiling hot water. The child was in critical condition Monday morning at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, officials said.

Sheriff Darren Campbell said his department learned of the abuse after being called to Davis Regional Medical Center Saturday about a child with a multitude of burns and other injuries.

“Medical staff discovered severe burns on both feet and legs of the child. The child also had other injuries on the body that appeared to be from an assault,” said a statement from the Iredell Sheriff’s Office. “The burns on the child’s legs appeared to be a few days old and were consistent with the feet and legs being exposed to extremely hot water.”

Detectives said their investigation led them to the home of the child’s father, Justin Osborne, and step-mother, Amy Leanne Clew, who live in Harmony. The couple are the primary care givers for the injured child and three other children, officials said.

Deputies found the home was in poor condition and contacted the Iredell County Department of Social Services, which took custody of the remaining children, officials said.

Clew, 21, and Osborne, 23, were arrested and charged with one count of Felony Child Abuse each and three counts of Misdemeanor Child Abuse each. Both are being held in the Iredell County Jail under a $1 million secured bond, officials said Monday morning.