Police: Parents Charged With Abusing 5-Week-Old Baby

11:38 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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  • Left: Dennis Brower Right: Sydne Grier Photo: Winston-Salem Police
  • Arrest warrant details baby's injuries.
  • Arrest warrant details baby's injuries.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem Police have charged the parents of a 5-week-old infant with child abuse after finding the baby with numerous injuries.  

Officers told WFMY News 2 they responded to Baptist Medical Center on Monday, January 6. Emergency room physicians told police a 5-week-old baby had been transported to the hospital with suspicious injuries. An initial investigation revealed the baby had numerous injuries associated with abuse.

On Friday, police arrested the child's parents, Dennis Brower and Sydne Grier, and charged them each with one count of Felony Child Abuse. Brower is being held under a $200,000 bond while Grier is under a $150,000 bond.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford discovered gruesome details about the abuse.

According to the arrest warrants, for both the baby's father, Dennis Brower and the mother, Sydne Grier, it says the infant's injuries include a fractured skull, broken ribs, and intracranial hemorrhaging, or bleeding in the skull.

According to a magistrate record, an officer said the parents engaged in a tug of war with the child and the father then threw the baby.

The Forsyth County Department of Social Services can't say whether they were involved with this family because of policy.
They did tell WFMY that they rely on reports from the community to get kids out of bad homes.

"It is a reality. One time is too many. Unfortunately for us, we do see this routinely," said Linda Alexander, Program Manager, Forsyth County DSS.

Things to look for in abused children include marks and bruises in unusual places like the face, lips, eyes, or neck, flinching movements by a child when someone talks or touches them. Neglected children might be unclean or not dressed properly.

Officers say the baby remains in critical, but stable condition.

Anyone with additional information should call Winston-Salem Police or Crimestoppers at (336)727-2800. 

Winston-Salem Police, WFMY News 2

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