A North Carolina husband and wife have been arrested and charged with alleged child abuse that left an 11-year-old boy in dire need of medical attention because of a horrifying array of problems and illnesses.
Reed Karriker42 and Georgianna KarrikerAccording to a press release from the Salisbury Police Department, 42 years old is the adoptive parent of the victim. They were charged with one count of child abuse following an initial investigation into child neglect.
The victim was originally placed with Karriker as an adopted child in 2013.
Police said their investigation began after the “unresponsive child” was brought to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury, NC by the male defendant around noon on January 21, 2022.
“The child may show signs of neglect and be referred to Presbyterian Hospital for further treatment,” SPD . Press Release speak. “The Salisbury Police Department Criminal Investigation Division has been notified and an investigation has commenced. After reviewing the medical information and facts obtained during the investigation, an arrest warrant has been made.”
Those alleged signs of neglect included a diagnosis of an infection that could have ended the boy’s life.
There were also open sores on different parts of the boy’s body.
According to an affidavit of probable cause by the local CBS affiliate WBTV, the boy was “reported to have sepsis, hypothermia, and multiple open wounds during other phases of healing. together”.
Sepsis is an extreme response of the body’s immune system to an infection. This condition leads to a chain reaction of systemic organ dysfunction that damages the body’s tissues.
The arrest warrant in this case also includes photographs of the boy’s various injuries and illnesses and says the boy “has an unspecified tumor in his stomach that requires surgery to remove.”
Police allege the child “has not been seen by medical professionals since October 2020” and further clarified that the boy “wasn’t seen again by a medical professional until he was admitted to China. Novant Health Rowan” on the day the investigation began.
Reed Karriker, according to a court document, attempted to refill the child with medication in April 2021 but was turned away by staff at Novant Health Lakeside Primary Care in Concord, NC because the boy was not receiving medical attention. see. practice.
A search warrant issued by the SPD last week resulted in the seizure of one iPhone, one Mac Mini computer and charger, one HP laptop and charger, one Amazon Kindle and one Apple iPad, according to the local newspaper The Salisbury Post.
The pair were arrested on January 27 and detained at the Rowan County Detention Center. Each defendant was released on bail and they are now free after receiving $40,000 bond from a local judge.
According to WBTV, Georgianna Karriker is “listed as a school counselor at China Grove Elementary School” in the town of the same name. However, leaders of the Rowan-Salisbury School System placed her on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
[images via Salisbury Police Department]
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