Stepmom charged with attempted murder and castration of boy

Stepmom charged with attempted murder and castration of boy
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 1:35 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 2:01 PM EDT
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WILSON COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A Wilson woman is accused of kidnapping, castrating, and attempting to kill her stepson.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office says Bracey Byrd was arrested on Friday for attempted murder, felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, malicious castration, first-degree kidnapping, and three counts of felony child abuse with physical injury.

WITN is told that Byrd was taken before the magistrate and given a $2 million secured bond.

On Thursday, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office was told about a case of possible child abuse by the Wilson County Department of Social Services.

The Wilson Medical Center Emergency Department reported that a boy was brought to them with third-degree burns. The staff told the DSS this, adding that the wounds did not seem to be self-inflicted. It was also said that the child had other injuries to his body. He was brought to UNC Burn Center for treatment.

Deputies say the injuries included bruising to the child’s face, arms, head, upper and lower legs, back, and genital area. Some of the boy’s injuries did not seem to have been current and were in the process of healing when the boy was taken to the hospital with severe burns.

Byrd is the stepmom of the victim, the sheriff’s office says. To protect the case, no other details will be released.

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