Durham couple charged with felony child abuse of 2-month-old

A day after police charged a woman with murder in her infant’s death, investigators arrested a man and woman on felony child-abuse charges stemming from when their 2-month-old son was brought to a hospital with broken bones and hemorrhaging in his eyes in September.

Jessica Naomi Watkins, 31, and Willie Lee Martin, 30, were charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury and were each held in the Durham County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Medical officials contacted officials after the boy was brought to them in mid-September and had injuries that looked like they could have been from abuse, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

On Wednesday, Twila Mae Beunier, 30, was charged with murder in her 2-week-old daughter’s death on June 6.

Police filed the charge after a medical examiner’s report concluded that Briseida Anarada had died of head injuries and the case was a homicide.

A EMS crew had been sent to the home at 917 Rome Ave. for what was reported as a cardiac arrest.

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