Crime & Courts

Albemarle man charged with abusing 3-month-old daughter

An Albemarle man is accused of abusing his 3-month-old daughter after police say she was taken to the hospital with injuries suspected to have been inflicted by the man.

Caregivers told police on Nov. 16 that the child seemed to suffer from injuries consistent with child abuse, police said. The child was taken to Stanly Regional Medical Center, where the staff confirmed the abuse.

It was unclear Tuesday what those injuries were.

Detectives investigated and, after several interviews, accused Dustin Lane Almond of inflicting the injuries, police said.

He was arrested Nov. 18 and charged with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. He has since been released after posting a $15,000 bond.

Before his arrest, Almond had “visitation rights” with the child, who did not live with him, said police Capt. David Dulin. The girl is in “good hands” now, Dulin said, and the state Department of Social Services has gotten involved.

Court records show that within the last decade, Almond has been convicted of driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving to endanger and misdemeanor breaking and entering.