The abused 3-month-old son of two former police officers likely won’t recover from the horrific beating he reportedly suffered at the hands of his father, Robert Jeffrey Taylor. Now, the couple has been charged with child abuse and neglect.
According to Fox Carolina, the baby who suffered severe brain damage will spend the rest of his life in a vegetative state. On Wednesday, March 25, York County 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett released a statement detailing the abuse, which reportedly took place when the baby was only 8-weeks-old. He also offered specific details about the baby’s injuries, his grim prognosis, and the charges Taylor would be facing.
“This child is in a vegetative state and will never likely recover. The retinal hemorrhaging could only be caused by either shaking, severe, like in a shaken baby syndrome. Like, head whipping back and forth or a significant fall. They found some bruising on the child which obviously at eight weeks, the child can’t bruise themselves.”
The Herald Online has also reported that there is still a possibility the baby could sdie based on the extent of the bodily injuries to his brain and neck.
Here’s an excerpt from the report.
“The brain and neck injuries Jaxon suffered Feb. 15 could only have been caused by violent shaking or a fall from 20 feet or more, Brackett said during a bond hearing. When the baby arrived at Piedmont Medical Center last month, he said, he was foaming at the mouth, had bruises on his neck and was suffering from a lack of oxygen.”
Ironically, Taylor, a former York Police Department patrol officer, was reportedly placed administrative leave when the baby was admitted to the hospital for the injuries. Days later, he resigned from the law enforcement agency before he was arrested on speculation of child abuse. Taylor and the child’s mother, Audrey Schurig, 36, were arrested at the Levine Children’s Hospital. Prosecutors argue Schurig, a former Chester Police Department officer, was aware of the child’s abuse. As a result, she is also facing charges for the unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person, reports WBTV.
It has been reported that both Taylor and Schurig have bonded out of jail since their arrests. He has been ordered to stay away from the child while Schurig reportedly has supervised visitation. The child is currently in the custody of the Department of Social Services. Taylor faces the possibility of a maximum of 30 years behind bars if convicted.
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