Lexington stepmother accused of beating 5-year-old boy
LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington stepmother is accused of beating her 5-year-old stepson so hard it caused scarring on his back, buttocks and legs.
Jamie L. Jones, 27, was charged Tuesday in connection with the abuse, which allegedly took place between November 2016 and Feb. 14, 2017.
Police say the child was both beaten and malnourished. The spanking resulted in permanent scarring on the child while the malnourishment resulted in a medical condition that required hospitalization.
The charges are as follows:
- Two counts of intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury
- Negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury
- Inflicting a spanking and/or beating that resulted in permanent scarring on the back, buttocks, and legs of the child
- Showing reckless disregard for human life by committing a grossly negligent omission
- Not providing adequate food and nutrition for the child under her care
An arrest report says Jones is married to the boy’s biological father and acted as one of his primary caregivers.
Maj. Robby Rummage, with Lexington police, said this is still an active investigation brought to them by the Davidson County Department of Social Services.
“It was the type of punishment in the home where it went above and beyond any amount of reason, any amount of threshold that any child should ever have to endure,” Rummage said.
The child is now in protective care.
She was taken to jail on a $250,000 secured bond.
Jones’ first court appearance was Wednesday by way of video from jail. Jones will appear in court again on May 30.