Two charged with felony child abuse of an infant child in Scotland County this week.


Thursday, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office reported an arrest two adults on felony abuse and negligence of a 16-month-old boy.

Kristy Beth Backus, age 23 and Zachary Crabtree, age 24, both residents of 21000 McIntosh Road, Laurinburg, NC were arrested for charges related to a child abuse report received from Scotland Memorial Hospital on May 26, 2019.

Backus. Photo Courtesy of Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

Backus was charged with:

(2) counts of Felony Child Abuse, Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury and (1) count of Felony Child Abuse by Negligence, resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Crabtree. Photo Courtesy of Scotland County Sheriff’s Office

Crabtree was charged with:

(1) count of Felony Child Abuse by Negligence, resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

This stems from an unconscious/unresponsive infant child, who was brought in to the Scotland Memorial Hospital. During this hospital visit, the medical staff reported the child allegedly had severe injuries to the head, and other internal medical factors consistent with the symptoms of Shaking Baby Syndrome (SBS). The child was air lifted to a special children’s hospital where he received continued intensive care.

The infant child was confirmed to allegedly have ongoing serious bodily injuries, which were reported as being multiple internal injuries to the brain, in conjunction with other injuries to the infant’s body both internal and external. The infant was reportedly 16-weeks-old at the time he was seen during the reported visit for treatment at Scotland Memorial Hospital.

“During the investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, along with the criminal investigative unit it was determined that Backus was allegedly the approximate cause of the ongoing abuse. Crabtree was arrested reportedly for alleged negligence.” Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said in a public statement on their agency’s investigations unit Facebook page.

Backus received a secured, $500,000 bond, and Crabtree received a secured, $250,000 bond. Backus and Crabtree are both scheduled to be in court, Monday, June 10, 2019.

Neither Backus or Crabtree have any prior criminal history listed in the NCDPS system.

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