Prison Guard, Husband Charged In Child Abuse Case

A prison guard and her husband have been charged with felony child abuse.

Pender County deputies say the three year old was put in a bathtub with water hot enough to blister the child's skin.

Patrice Holley of Burgaw, who the sheriff's department says is a state prison guard, is charged with accessory after the fact of felony child abuse. She's accused of not getting her daughter medical care so as to prevent an investigation into what happened. Holley is also charged with misdemeanor contributing to the abuse or neglect of a child, deputies say for allowing her child to be cared by her husband.

The husband, Ramond Brinson, is charged with felony child abuse. Just last month Brinson was found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse. Deputies say he beat the same child with a belt on multiple occasions when she was just 2-years-old.

The Department of Correction says Holley resigned from her job Saturday, a day after her arrest.


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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    Anonymous, what mother allows this- scolding water(ouch)? I don't care if the mother was afraid she should have left him with her child or told someone to help her. Hell, I would have helped her. How do you think her daughter felt? There is NO excuse. But, I will agree she does need counseling and incarceration.
  • by anonymous Location: Burgaw on Feb 18, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    I know the mother personally and if she allowed this to happen to her baby than it was only b/c she was afraid of the man...he is big and mean and although both should be charged she needs to get counseling.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 18, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    A person who has crimnal intent does work in ANY profession. This lady happened to work for DOC. She should be charged for this terrible crime. Personally, I feel sorry for her that she allowed a sorry man to hurt their child twice(scolding water) oh, my God! Yes, she should be held liable just because of the fact that she worked in an environment to keep society safe which includes all of YOU-this lady should have known better. To Ted and other employees of DOC- Thank you. You all are invaluable. Those of us who know your job capacity we are very thankful. This article does not overshadow the true DOC employees professionism. Keep up the good work that others never acknowledges!
  • by Help for the little ones Location: NC on Feb 18, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    To me thier job has nothing to do with this. They hurt thier child. I hope justice will be served, how did the father get back into the house with the mom and child after beating the child with a belt? If he was charged with childabuse before, why did the state allow this to go on? Where is the child's protection????? WHERE? We need the children to be safer, saved, helped, please!
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    Thank you, Bob. Well statedQ
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Feb 17, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    1st it is terrible what happened to this child and the parents should serve time in the facility that one of them worked at. 2nd Tracey either you "pulled" time or have family that have or are doing so. I worked for DOC for 30 years in various capacities and 99.9 percent of the Correctional Officers are very professional, well trained individuals who must re-certify yearly. They have urine & feces thrown on them, they are spit on and told by inmates what they will do to their family and children daily. They are not able to do much of anything but to "take" this and do their job. They deal with killers, rapist, child molestors, drug addicts etc. 24-7 while you sleep home safely. Rehilabilitation is something provided and done by program staff, Not Correctional Officers. Their job is to protect you! Sure there is a very small group of corrupt ones, just like any profession including yours. your statement is erronious and insulting! Walk in their shoes before you say things you dont know!
  • by Earnest Location: Richlands on Feb 17, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    Send these people to Onslow County. Make them homeless. Put the word out about the little girl. Justice will Prevail..
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    Hold on, Tracey. I am a Correctional Officer, and I maintain my integrity at all times. I am offended by your comments. We go through a lot of training, some of it is the same lesson plans taught to our State Highway Patrol. I'm with Ted--just because one C/O screws up doesn't mean we're all like that. And the C/O you saw down in Kinston--we are ALL thankful that they are behind bars. There are a few C/Os that are corrupt, but no more than any other agency or company. Do not judge us all on the actions of a few. OH--and we are NOT prison GUARDS. A guard is untrained. Correctional OFFICERS are trained and taught to "rehabilitate" offenders. I wouldn't expect someone like you to understand the mind games that inmates play in order to manipulate staff. You wouldn't last a week
  • by Unbiased Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    Thugs!!!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    It's horrible what happened to this child. But don't make this about Correctional Officers. For every one like this there are thousands more keeping the bogieman outta your bedrooms at night, but you'll never hear about them on the news. True the Dept. of Correction has more than their share of questionable employees, you can thank 8 years of Easley for that. We're now hiring basically anyone with a high school diploma, clean criminal record and a pulse. Those type of employees usually don't last long because the rest of us don't want them there as officers and staff as much as anyone else. But sometimes these clowns make the news, and because they work at the prison the head line will read: "Prison Guard, Husband Charged In Child Abuse Case" she could have just as easily been working at McDonald's.
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