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Alexander Co. man accused of abusing girlfriend's baby

(Source: Alexander County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Alexander County Sheriff's Office)

A man is accused of abusing his girlfriend's baby, who is currently on life support.

Alexander County 911 received a call Friday morning about an 18-month-old that fell off a couch.

EMS arrived and observed the child, but say the baby's injuries didn't match with what was reported in the call. EMS called the sheriff's office and took the child to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The child was then flown to Brenner's Children's Hospital in Winston Salem.

Detectives say they found bruises on the baby, who was unresponsive. "Detectives talked to the medical staff and determined that the injuries appeared to be child abuse," deputies say. 

Detectives went to the residence where the call came from and spoke to the homeowner, who said the incident happened at Justin Carver's home on Will Wilson Lane. The homeowner, a relative of Carver, said Carver brought the child over and called 911. 

Carver is the baby's mother's boyfriend, and is not the biological father of the baby. Detectives say Carver was the only person taking care of the baby at the time. 

Carver was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. He was given a $500,000 secured bond.

Deputies say the baby is in critical condition and on life support. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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