A baby authorities said was abused by his police officer father has been left in a vegetative state, York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett said Wednesday.
Brackett made the announcement in court as Robert Jeffery Taylor appeared on child neglect and abuse charges.
Taylor, a former York police officer, had bail set at $100,000 after his attorney requested $20,000 bail.
Brackett said the 3-month-old boy has retinal hemorrhage and bruises around his neck. He said the boy is in a vegetative state with severe brain damage and likely won’t recover.
Taylor, 45, resigned a few days before his arrest but had been on administrative leave since his son was admitted to the hospital in mid-February.
The boy’s mother, Audrey Schurig, 36, was arrested this month and charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.
During Schurig’s court appearance, the prosecutor said Schurig knew Taylor beat the baby but still left the child with him.
Brackett and Schurig were arrested at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, where the baby is being treated. Investigators said the boy is still in the hospital.