Former officer accused of child neglect and abuse, bond denied in York Co.

Former officer accused of child neglect and abuse, bond denied in York Co.

A former South Carolina police officer accused of child neglect and abuse was denied bond Thursday.

Robert Jeffrey Taylor was denied bond and did not appear in person in a York County court for his hearing. His attorney argued that Taylor's jail wear would be prejudicial.

Audrey Schurig, 36, and Robert Jeffrey 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.

Taylor was a patrol officer with the York Police Department. Officials said Taylor resigned a few days before his arrest, but had been on administrative leave since the 3-month-old was admitted to the hospital in mid-February.

During Schurig's bond hearing in Mecklenburg county, she was allowed to post a cash bond so that she could get out of jail and turn herself in to South Carolina Authorities.

During her proceedings, the prosecutor said she and Taylor's son has serious head trauma and was being fed by a feeding tube. The prosecutor said Schurig knew previously that Taylor beat the baby boy, but Schurig still left the child with him.

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

Taylor and Schurig are facing South Carolina charges but were arrested at the Levine Children's hospital in Charlotte, which is why Schurig went before a Mecklenburg County judge. Taylor had already signed extradition papers.

The case will eventually be prosecuted in York County.

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

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