Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh couple was charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury after a welfare check found their 1-month-old child had injuries to his feet.
A concerned citizen alerted Wake County deputies to the situation in the home in the 1000 block of Spring Garden Circle in Raleigh.
The couple – Joshawa Alexander Carty, 32, and Qa’Nyah Imari Street, 19 – told deputies a family dog bit their child’s feet. An assessment of his injuries at an area hospital determined they were likely abuse and not an accident, and that led to the arrests.
Amyra Kelley told WRAL News’ Rosalia Fodera the couple’s new baby was crying nonstop when she last visited their home. The child’s parents told her their dog had bitten the baby’s feet.
Kelley said she called authorities the next day after the mom sent her a photo of the baby’s feet with what looked like severe burns. Deputies investigated, and more injuries to the baby were found by doctors at the hospital.
“I called them just to check on the baby just to make sure everything was OK, and I was willing to lose my friendship over just checking to see if the baby was OK,” Kelley said.
Street and Carty were being held at the Wake County Detention Center, each under $40,000 secured bond.