HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A High Point police officer went above and beyond the call of duty after she says she found a toddler malnourished in a home.
According to Lt. Kevin Ray, with High Point police, Officer Melina Antoniou-Davis responded to 507 E. Fairfield Road Sunday on a report of an assault.
Robyn Hermite Elliott, 23, reported that her husband, Tyron Lee Elliott, 27, had assaulted her.
When Antoniou-Davis arrived at the scene, she noticed there was no furniture or food in the house and was alarmed. Two children were inside the residence at the time, a baby and a toddler. According to the arrest warrants, the toddler appeared “malnourished and underweight.”
Lt. Ray confirmed the toddler only weighed about 15 pounds.
“There was one child who was really malnourished, in really poor condition,” explained Antoniou-Davis. “You could see bones… It was sad.”
She reported the situation to Child Protective Services immediately and even went out and bought a McDonald's Happy Meal for the older child because he looked so emaciated.
She says the mother told her the little boy had not eaten all day.
Antoniou-Davis admitted she could hardly sleep that night worrying about the children.
The next morning, she added, “I got in contact with the social worker and told him the condition of the kids and said, 'We've got to do something now.'”
Both Robyn and Tyron Elliott are now in custody.
Robyn Elliott is charged with felonious child abuse - any serious physical injury and filing a false police report. She is being held under a $105,000 total bond.
Tyron Elliott is charged with felonious child abuse - any serious physical injury and assault on a female by a male over 18. He is being held under a $102,500 total bond.
High Point police believe Robyn Elliott's report of an assault did not happen as she claimed it did and they are considering dropping the assault charge against Tyron Elliott.
The children were taken to the hospital and are now in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
Officer Antoniou-Davis has been working at the HPPD for exactly a year and said this is the sort of case that reminds her why she joined law enforcement. “It was kind of shocking to me that this was in High Point, right down the road from where people work, where people live.”
One of the Elliott’s neighbors said she didn’t know the family, but was horrified to hear of these allegations. “There's no excuse to not be able to care of your kids,” Nico Sweet insisted. “Nowadays we're on cell phones, everybody's more worried about what's on their phones than worried about what's going on right beside you. That's my neighbor. I didn't even know that was going on. It hurts, you know?”
She wishes she’d known about the situation sooner.
The officer says she hopes the children turn out healthy and safe. “You could tell they didn't have a lot, no toys or anything like that. So he was happy about the little toy in the meal. The next day when I saw him, I was happy he still had his happy meal toy.”