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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Fayetteville grandmother denies allegations she bit and bruised her 1-year-old grandson.
Tara Fudge, 43, faces felony child abuse charges. Cumberland County investigators believe she is responsible for the bite marks that appeared on the toddler’s left leg and buttocks, as well has a number of bruises on the boy’s face, neck, arms, and legs.
“Absolutely not,” Fudge said when asked if she’d ever hurt the child. “That’s a child that I’ve bought clothes for, took him on trips. I mean, we’ve been taking care of the baby ever since he was born, basically.”
The alleged abuse was reported by Fudge’s stepdaughter following an overnight visit with the child in Fudge’s Fayetteville home last month.
Read more: WTVD