Former SC officer accused of child neglect turns self in, posts bond

Former SC officer accused of child neglect turns self in, posts bond

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A former South Carolina officer arrested in Mecklenburg County on child neglect charges bonded out and turned herself in to York County authorities Thursday afternoon. Thursday night, she posted bond and was released from jail in York County, according to court officials.

Former officer Audrey Schurig is accused of neglecting her child and was allowed to post a $1,000 cash bond in a Mecklenburg County court Thursday morning. The judge allowed Schurig's family to post bond so she could get out of jail and turn herself in to South Carolina authorities.

She was booked in the York County Jail at 3:40 p.m.

Schurig, a former Chester Police officer, was arrested on child neglect charges after her and fellow officer Robert Taylor's 3-month-old baby was hospitalized.

During proceedings, the prosecutor said Schurig's son has serious head trauma and was being fed by a feeding tube. Prosecutor said Schurig knew previously that Taylor, the baby's father, beat the baby boy but still left him in his father's care.

Schurig's defense lawyer says Schurig has been with the child at the hospital. Schurig was reportedly aware there was an investigation into her child's injuries and SLED investigators knew she was at the hospital.

Shurig's defense lawyer said in proceedings that Schurig would have turned herself in before she was arrested if she would have known about the charges. Her lawyer also said that a full DSS hearing about the child would take place on April 6.

Schurig did not answer any questions about her son's condition when she left the Mecklenburg County jail. Her father spoke after the judge awarded the bond decision. He said, "Thank you for being here. We're happy and we don't really want to comment on anything else right now."

Schurig is facing South Carolina charges but was arrested at the Levine Children's hospital in Charlotte, which is why Schurig went before a Mecklenburg County judge Thursday.

Schurig, 36, and Taylor, 45, were arrested last 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.

The case will eventually be prosecuted in York County. Taylor was denied bond Thursday morning in York County. Schurig awaited her hearing at the York County jail before posting bond.

Investigators say the couple's son is still in the hospital.

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