N.C. Officials Say No Abuse Found Before Boy's Death

North Carolina child welfare officials say a five-week investigation failed to find evidence of child abuse in the case of a little boy who police say was killed by his mother and stepfather.

The Cleveland County Social Services Department released an eight-page report Friday showing that the agency investigated Jeremiah Swafford's family before the 2-year-old boy died of a head injury on Valentine's Day.

Relatives had alleged the boy was abused including with a stun gun.

But the agency report says social workers, doctors and deputies could not find evidence to support the claims.

The boy's grandmother, Kathy Jean Swafford, told The Charlotte Observer the agency failed Jeremiah.

The boy's mother and stepfather are charged with felony child abuse and murder.


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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    Jeremaih, how precious. I hope that Jeremaih's family seek justice for him. Pleaszzzzzzze. There should be criminal and civil charges file against all those involved including every employee and the accused murders'in this case.
  • by Animama on Feb 23, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    It just breaks my heart to even read about this. Something was wrong there, sounds like a cover-up.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Feb 22, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    To Hope: I think you are right on!
  • by Hope Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    How could an adult think it is okay to hurt a child that is not even close in size to him/her? I will never understand this. I would never do anything but spank my child on the behind when it is warranted. I hope the mother especially has a long life where she is reminded every day of what she did to the child she carried for 9 months in her body and then had to take care of his every need. I hope she remembers how that child looked at her while he was receiving his last beating. I hope this haunts her for the rest of her life.
  • by Curious Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    I'm just curious but if the abuse happened long ago (even though the child is only 2) would their still be evidence? I think it's pretty sad!! Poor baby!! I hope the parents rot in jail!
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