February 11, 2016, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office stated in an official press release, the agency arrested a couple on charges of felony child abuse and assaulting a minor child, inflicting serious bodily injury. Edward Hugh Felts III, 35-year-old white male of Running Road in Jacksonville and Mary Alice Wilson, 33-year-old white female of the same address were arrested January 27, 2016, after it was reported that the minor victim was non-responsive and taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital. The victim was subsequently flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville due to the severity of the injuries.
Charges for Wilson were: Felony Negligent Child Abuse and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Bond was set at $25,000 secured.
Charges for Felts were: Felony Child abuse-Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Bond was set at $100,000 secured.
Mary Wilson was receiving section-8 housing at the time the victim sustained these injuries, and evidence uncovered during the investigation revealed she and Edward Felts III conspired and fraudulently received the section-8 housing. This, along with medical documentation led to the re-arrest of Felts and Wilson.
Wilson was re-arrested February 10, 2016 and charged with Felony Negligent Child Abuse, Felony Obstruction of Justice, (3) counts of Felony Obtaining Property by False pretenses and (3) counts of Felony Conspiracy to Obtain Property by False Pretenses. Her bond was set at $71,000 secured.
Felts was re-arrested February 11, 2016, and charged with: Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, (2) Counts of Felony Negligent Child Abuse and (3) Counts of Conspiracy to Obtain Property by False Pretense and bond was set at $156,000 secured. Both were remanded to Onslow County Jail.
Today’s Official Press Release from the Onslow County DA Ernie Lee.
In an interview with Lt. Linwood Foy of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Special Victim’s Unit, the defendant admitted that he lived in the home full-time and was the primary caregiver for the children while their mother was at work. He stated the injuries on the victim’s face had come from her climbing on and falling from a deconstructed crib leaning against the wall in one of the bedrooms 2-3 weeks before. He also stated that the children played with each other very aggressively and that the injuries could have come from rough-housing. He stated that on the day the victim was taken to OMH, he heard her walking down the carpeted hallway of their home, then heard a thud, ran in and saw her laying on the floor. He did not call EMS, and instead called the victim’s mother and waited while she came to the home and drove the victim to the hospital. The victim was unconscious at the home for approximately 53 minutes before receiving medical treatment. Physicians in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Hospital determined that the explanations for the victim’s injuries given by the defendant were inconsistent with the physical findings and actually a result of non-accidental trauma. The child continues to have physical and developmental issues as a result of her injuries.
This case is a tragic and senseless act that should not have occurred. There is no justifiable reason that a four-year-old or any child should have to endure abuse. Ironically, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month so maybe this case will send a message that child abuse will not be tolerated and secondly, that substantial sentences can result in those who engage in such criminal conduct.
Update on Mary Wilson-
With multiple arrests’s in this case, it was important to confirm charges. The Onslow County ADA assigned to Wilson confirmed that she is presently indicted for (F) Negligent Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, (F) Negligent Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Physical Injury, (M) Child Abuse, (M) Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile x 2 counts, Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and Conspiracy to Obtain Property by False Pretenses.