Baby’s injuries lead to child abuse charges

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Parents of a Wilson County newborn are in jail under a $1 million bond and charged with felony child abuse.

Their baby girl was less than 2 weeks old when she sustained numerous injuries including multiple rib fractures, retinal bleed, a spiral arm fracture, broken leg and bruises, according to Wanda Samuel, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office chief of staff.

She also had seizures, officials said.

Virgina Casey Kientz, 23, and Zachary Keith Foley, 24, were arrested Tuesday on one count each of felony child abuse.

On April 2, deputies received a call regarding the infant, who had been taken to Wilson Medical Center by her parents.

Samuel said Kientz, the mother, claimed she took the baby girl to the hospital due to a fever. But medical staff discovered severe injuries, officials said.

The infant was transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The child has since been released from the hospital and is in Wilson County Department of Social Services custody, Samuel said.

Kientz and Foley, both of 4258 Shirley Road west of Wilson, were each placed under a $1 million secured bond after their arrests.

Officials say the case is still under investigation.

Foley was convicted of second-degree burglary and felony breaking and entering of a vehicle out of Nash County in June 2015, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

Other convictions include felony obtaining property by false pretense out of Wilson County in May 2015, as well as misdemeanor possession of stolen goods in April 2014, according to records.

No convictions were listed for Kientz in North Carolina.

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