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Moyock couple indicted on felony child abuse charges

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By William F. West
Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CURRITUCK — A Moyock couple are facing a host of charges including felony child abuse after their infant son was treated at a Virginia hospital for multiple rib and leg fractures, a vertebral compression fracture and numerous abrasions and bruises to his body.

William Hammonds, 21, and Kelly Hammonds, 22, both of the 100 block of Fox Lane, were indicted by a Currituck County grand jury on July 9. They both remain free on $150,000 secured bonds.

According to the indictments, both Hammonds are charged with assaulting the child, who was less than two months old at the time, sometime between Feb. 4 and March 22. The charges against them include felony child abuse inflicting serious injury, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, and negligent child abuse inflicting serious physical injury.

Currituck Sheriff Matt Beickert said Wednesday his office received a call from a Virginia Beach police detective on March 22. The detective, who was calling from Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, said the Hammonds had taken their son to the CHKD facility, claiming he was sick.

Medical personnel at the hospital found injuries to the child that apparently warranted a criminal investigation. Beickert said two Currituck Sheriff’s Office detectives went to the hospital to investigate and said the charges are the result of that probe.

The child’s injuries, according to the indictments, include numerous fractures to his ribs and a buildup of fluid around his lungs. The child also suffered fractures to bones in one of his legs and to one of his wristbones, the indictments state.

The child also suffered vertebral compression fractures, which occur when one or more bones in the spine weaken and crumple, the indictments state. In addition, the child suffered a spinal epidural hematoma, which is caused when blood fills the space between the spine and the bone along the spinal canal. Excessive bleeding in this area can cause damage to the spine, the indictments state.

The child also had numerous abrasions to his head, back, chest and abdomen and numerous bruises to his head, abdomen, back, buttocks and legs, according to the indictments.

The indictments also claim William and Kelly Hammonds showed reckless disregard for human life by failing to seek immediate medical treatment for the child, which resulted in the child having to be hospitalized.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Voorhees said William Hammonds turned himself in at the sheriff’s office on July 11 and that a sheriff’s deputy arrested Kelly Hammonds. Both Hammonds posted bonds the next day, court records show.

Attorney Carter Graham of Kill Devil Hills has been appointed to represent William Hammonds while Assistant Public Defender Jay Hollingsworth has been appointed to represent Kelly Hammonds.

Neither Graham nor Hollingsworth could be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.

Beickert said Wednesday his department’s probe is continuing.

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