North Carolina couple charged with child’s death

Published 7:19 am Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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A North Carolina man and his girlfriend have been charged in the fatal beating of their 6-year-old son, police said Tuesday.

High Point police said in a news release that personnel at a local hospital summoned officers after a man brought the child’s body in on Sunday. Detectives determined the death should be treated as a homicide, the news release said.

An autopsy performed on the child showed a significant history and a pattern of physical abuse and the medical examiner attributed the child’s death to blunt force trauma about the body.

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The Department of Social Services took custody of two other children, ages 3 and 4, from the home, police said.

Devon J. Nelson, 30, of High Point, was charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. Police also charged Tamara D. Corbett, 24, with felony child abuse and accessory after the fact. Both are jailed on bonds of $2 million apiece; it’s not known if they have attorneys.



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