Parents charged in abuse of 5-week-old baby in Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- Two people have been charged in connection with the abuse of a 5-week-old baby in Burlington.

According to a release from Burlington police, Heather Derendal and Jeffrey Morales, both 34 years old and the biological parents of the child, have been charged with felony child abuse and felony child neglect.


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The investigation began on Dec. 3.

Police said the infant was taken to a pediatrician, and later transferred to UNC Hospital for treatment.

It was discovered that the baby had multiple fractures to the body.

The infant has since been released from the hospital and is recovering in the custody of the DSS.

Derendal was taken into custody Wednesday and placed under a $200,000 secured bond in the Alamance County Jail.

Morales was arrested by police in Mebane on Thursday. He received a $250,000 secured bond on the felony child abuse and felony child neglect charges.

Morales was also served arrest warrants on charges of assault on a government official and resist/delay/obstruct a law enforcement officer. For those charges, he received an additional $10,000 secured bond.
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