A mother wanted in a child abuse case after a man she lived with was charged with assaulting her baby, turned herself in on Tuesday, police say.
Matthew Paul Jenkins of Bessemer City was arrested on March 11 for allegedly hurting a then 14-month-old child. On March 16, warrants were issued for the child's mother, Taylor Rainer Wilhelm of Cherryville.
Wilhelm turned herself in to the Gaston County Police and was booked into the Gaston County Jail under a $250,000 secured bond.
She faces charges of felony child abuse, serious physical injury, and misdemeanor contributing to the abuse of a juvenile.
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Police say the reported assault happened in January and February at Jenkins' home.
The child's mother told police she saw bruises and swelling on the child's face, head, and eyes. She took her child to Caromont Regional Medical Center to be examined. Then the child was transferred to Levine's Children's Hospital in Charlotte.
After being examined, the child was determined to have been injured by acute blunt force trauma.
Jenkins was charged with one count of felony assault, inflicting serious bodily injury, and one count of misdemeanor assault on a child under 12. Jenkins was given a $250,000.00 secured bond.
The child was placed in foster care under the supervision of Gaston County Health and Human Services. The child is expected to make a full recovery, officials say.
Anyone with additional information related to this case can contact Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.