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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