Police: Father charged after 4-month-old hospitalized

PICKENS — A 24-year-old Central man was arrested by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with child abuse following an investigation into injuries discovered on his 4-month-old son.

Nicholas Kyle Brown, of Lay Bridge Road, was charged Thursday with abuse/inflicting great bodily injury to a child. Brown was still being held on a $40,000 bond Tuesday at the Pickens County Detention Center.

Sheriff’s office chief deputy Creed Hashe said a local hospital notified the sheriff’s office Oct. 5 that it was treating suspicious injuries found on a 4-month-old child. After an investigation, the chief deputy said it was determined the victim had sustained multiple injuries, including skull fractures, broken ribs and a broken arm.

According to Brown’s arrest warrant, the injuries were discovered when the child was taken to the emergency room by his mother.

Following an extensive investigation, including interviews with attending physicians and their medical staff, family members and other professionals in the field of child abuse investigations, Hashe said Brown was arrested and charged with causing the injuries.

A forensic examination of the child’s injuries indicated the abuse occurred over a period of time and not as the result of one single event.

Hashe said two other children in the home, ages 1 and 4, have been removed and placed into foster care pending further investigation by the Department of Social Services. The 4-month-old victim has also been placed in foster care and continues to recover from his injuries, which Hashe said are not believed to be life-threatening. | (864) 973-6687

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