ROCKINGHAM — According to Rockingham Police Department Detective Shawn Paxton, a local man was arrested late last month on felony child abuse charges stemming from a thorough investigation.
On August 26, 2017, the Richmond County Department of Social Services contacted RPD to inquire about investigating a possible child abuse case due to multiple injuries that appeared on a child that seemed to be “non-accidental.”
Detective Paxton, in a release to the Richmond Observer, stated that during the investigation, it was determined that 22-year-old Dustin Ray Davis was involved with the occurrence of the injuries of an unidentified child. No details were given on the precise injuries, the child’s age or his or her current status.
Davis was charged with intentional child abuse and serious bodily injury, and was placed in the Richmond County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond.
After researching online documents on the North Carolina Court System’s website, the Richmond Observer obtained information on Davis’ upcoming court dates. Davis will appear in court on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, regarding his child abuse charges.
No stranger to the judicial system, Davis will appear in court Thursday on a failure to reducing speed charge. Davis will also appear in court Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, on two unrelated misdemeanor charges; the assault on a female and probation violation charges stem from a prior incident.
The Richmond Observer will work in conjunction with RPD to report on any future updates. All subjects mentioned are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law.