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Parents Facing Charges In Connection With Toddler's Death

The mother and stepfather of the woman's 2-year-old boy face charges in connection with the child's death.

Authorities say 20-year-old Kathy Swafford and her 42-year-old husband, Dwight Justice, are being held without bond in the Cleveland County Detention Center on charges of felony murder and felony child abuse. A jailer said neither Swafford nor Justice have an attorney. Both are scheduled for a court appearance on Monday.

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office said Swafford's son, Jeremiah, was airlifted Friday from Cleveland Regional Medical Center to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with head and body injuries. He died at the hospital Saturday afternoon.


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