Chester police officer accused of child neglect resigns from department

Chester police officer accused of child neglect resigns from department
Robert Jeffrey Taylor, 45 (Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Jeffrey Taylor, 45 (Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Audrey Schurig, 36 (Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Audrey Schurig, 36 (Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Chester Police officer arrested on child neglect charges after her and a fellow officer's 3-month-old baby was hospitalized resigned from the department Tuesday.

Audrey Schurig, 36, and Robert Jeffrey Taylor, 45, were arrested Friday and charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person. Taylor was additionally charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury on a child, a felony that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Schurig, who was an officer with the Chester Police Department, resigned from her position as Sergeant of Road Patrol effective Tuesday, Chief Andre T. Williams said.

Schurig was on administrative leave without pay before her resignation.

Taylor was a patrol officer with the York Police Department. Officials said Taylor resigned Wednesday, but had been on administrative leave since the child, who is not yet a year old, was admitted to the hospital in mid-February.

Investigators say the couple's 3-month-old son is still in the hospital.

The couple appeared in court Monday for an extradition hearing. They are facing South Carolina charges but were arrested at the Levine Children's hospital in Charlotte, which is why they were before a Mecklenburg County judge to determine how they'll go back to South Carolina to face a judge there.

Former York police officer Robert Taylor signed a waiver to be extradited. A judge said there is no set time, but at some point law enforcement will come and pick him up. He did not have a lawyer at his side, but his father and son were in the courtroom.

Inside the courthouse, Taylor's dad said his son is an excellent man, but declined to speak outside with the cameras rolling.

Investigators say that between February 14 and 15 Taylor inflicted great bodily injury upon his child.

Taylor's family did not mention the 3-month-old baby, but Chester County Sergeant Audrey Schurig's lawyer told the judge the baby was still at Levine Children's Hospital. The lawyer added that Schurig would like to bond out to turn herself in.

Schurig's lawyer said in addition to the neglect charge, there is a civil Department of Social Services hearing she would like to go to. The judge said Schurig's lawyer must speak to the District Attorney since she is being held without bond.

Schurig's family declined to speak on camera, but did wipe away tears in the courtroom.

WBTV also tried to reach out to other family, but found no one who wanted to speak.

The case will eventually be prosecuted in York County.

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