2 more arrests in baby-biting case

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Two more people have been arrested for not seeking medical treatment for an infant who had bite marks all over his body, according to a press release from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.


Clarence Walters, 25, and his mother, 46-year-old Brenda Del-Rio, both of Taylorsville, were charged with contributing to the neglect of a child after the 3-month-old baby was taken to South Central Regional Medical Center with numerous red bruises on his face, stomach, legs and foot, the JCSD reported. Many of the marks were made by small teeth, and it was later learned that the infant has a 1-year-old sister who bites. But no one had sought medical care for the baby until a “concerned citizen” stepped in and took him to the emergency room.

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Walters’ girlfriend, 23-year-old Kayla Reeves, was arrested last week for child neglect after admitting to deputies that the baby was in her custody at a residence on Scoggins Drive in the Pendorff Community and she was responsible for him, the JCSD reported.

Del-Rio and Walters both admitted to seeing the infant’s injuries, according to the JCSD report. Del-Rio told deputies that she told Reeves to take the baby to a doctor but didn’t follow up to make sure she did. She went on to tell deputies that it was none of her concern what was done with the baby, according to the JCSD report.

Del-Rio and Walters both made their initial appearances in Jones County Justice Court on Tuesday. Judge Howell Beech set their bonds at $10,000 each. Reeves was also being held on $10,000 bond.