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Mother, friend charged in child abuse case

An 18-year-old mother is in jail after police say she allowed friends to repeatedly hit her baby while “play-wrestling.”

Authorities say the 18-month-old baby is in critical condition with five rib fractures; lacerations to his liver, spleen and pancreas; and bruises to his chest, back and abdomen. Doctors also discovered an old skull fracture that had healed.

North Charleston police charged Shakera Wright, 18, of Charleston and Tyrek D. Varnes, 16, of North Charleston with infliction or allowing infliction of great bodily injury to a child. Each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, if convicted, authorities said.

Varnes is being charged as an adult after police say he and two friends struck the child at his family’s Ashley Shores apartment at 3811 Dame Court.

The friends, ages 14 and 15, are charged as juveniles. Their names have not been released.



Added: Dec-4-2010 Occurred On: Dec-1-2010
By: Zipper10
Tags: Child abuse, mother, friends, beating, North Charleston, SC
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