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Fayetteville Couple Charged With Child Neglect

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A Fayette County couple was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 24, after allegedly misleading investigators as to the cause of injuries sustained by their two-year-old child. Jenna J. Wilson, 20, and Lawrence Esean Skidmore, 21, both of Fayetteville, have been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, and one-count each of child neglect with risk of injury.

On Sunday, March 7, the Fayetteville MedExpress location contacted authorities regarding a two-year-old child who had suffered second and third-degree burns to much of their back. Representatives from MedExpress advised authorities that Lawrence Esean Skidmore, the child’s mother’s boyfriend, had brought the child to the facility for medical treatment.

Representatives of MedExpress further advised authorities that the “injuries were not consistent with the story being told to healthcare workers”.

According to the criminal complaint, the child was transported via air medivac-unit to the burn center in Huntington.

During a March 8 interview with the child’s mother, Jenna J. Wilson, Wilson allegedly advised investigators that the child had “sustained a sunburn while vacationing at Myrtle Beach”, and that the child “had been treated in South Carolina for this injury at a healthcare facility”.

Investigators then interviewed Skidmore on Thursday, March 18. At that time, Skidmore allegedly admitted to burning the child while giving them a bath.

According to the criminal complaint, Skidmore “stated that they had lied about taking the child for treatment in South Carolina. [] Skidmore further stated that, while in Fayette County, he and [] Wilson conspired between the two of them to formulate a series of lies to cover up the incident.”

Jenna J. Wilson and Lawrence Esean Skidmore are currently being held at Southern Regional Jail; both on a $35,000 cash-bond or surety.

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