Former Elon University officer, Alamance County deputy charged with child abuse

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GRAHAM, N.C. -- A deputy with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office and a former Elon University police officer have been charged with child abuse.

Erin Rumley and Deputy Christopher Wilburn have been charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

Authorities say the 4-year-old boy is Wilburn's son from a previous relationship. The investigation began in September 2016 following a complaint to the Department of Social Services, according to an assistant district attorney with Alamance County.

According to a news release from the SBI, the child has special needs and is unable to communicate.

Rumley was fired from her job at Elon University following her arrest.

Wilburn has been placed on paid administrative leave while the sheriff's office conducts an internal investigation.

Elon University released a statement on her termination on Tuesday:

"Elon University Campus Safety and Police was notified that a member of the department, Erin Rumley, had been arrested and charged with a felony crime unrelated to her work at the university. Based on the criminal charges and other information provided to the university by authorities, the university has terminated Rumley’s employment for cause, effectively immediately.

Erin Rumley was sworn in as an Elon University police officer on March 13, 2017. Because of medical issues, she never served as a campus patrol officer. She has been on leave since September 14."

Both bonded out of jail on Monday.