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Caregiver Faces Charges In Alleged Abuse Of Infant

A 3-month-old North Carolina girl is hospitalized with multiple injuries, and her caregiver is jailed on an abuse charge.

The Salisbury Post reported Monday that 23-year-old Sandra Gallardo Petatan is being held in the Cabarrus County Jail under $200,000 bond on a charge of child abuse inflicting serious injury.

The infant is at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord.

Kannapolis Police Lt. Steve Belk said Monday that NorthEast staff contacted police early Saturday morning after the child was brought to the hospital.

Belk said the child has a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain, bruises and a broken arm.

The Cabarrus County Department of Social Services is conducting a joint investigation with police. Officials didn't know if Petatan had retained an attorney.


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