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Catawba woman charged with child neglect

A Catawba woman faces child neglect charges after a toddler was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with bruises and possible head and neck injuries, police say.

Meagan Rhea Shelley, 22, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child, according to York County Sheriff's Office records. She remains Monday in the York County jail, where her bond has been denied, a jail spokesman said.

Shelley is charged in connection with an investigation that followed an EMS visit to her Catawba home, said York County Sheriff's Office Maj. Robbie Hudgins.

The case is still under investigation, Hudgins said.

Emergency medical personnel and sheriff's deputies were called to the Cureton Ferry Road residence around 1 a.m. Friday, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

The 1-year-old girl had minor lacerations and was possibly having a seizure, the report said. The girl was lying on the floor when deputies arrived, and she had bruises on her stomach and face.

Shelley told deputies the bruising was there when she picked the child up from her mother's home. Shelley is the child's stepmother, the report said.

Shelley attributed a scratch on the child's face to a fall on the concrete Thursday, according to the report. She also said the child fell off a porch while playing Wednesday.

The girl cried after falling, but seemed OK and went back to playing, Shelley reported to deputies.

The child was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with signs of head and neck injuries. The child's name and condition have not been released by authorities.

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