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York, Chester police officers charged with child neglect

Former York Police Cpl. Robert Jeff Taylor, 45, is charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury on a child and unlawful neglect of a child, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Former York Police Cpl. Robert Jeff Taylor, 45, is charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury on a child and unlawful neglect of a child, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Two police officers who live in York County were arrested Friday on child neglect charges after their baby boy was hospitalized with seizure-like symptoms and a neck injury.

Former York Police Cpl. Robert Jeff Taylor, 45, is charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury on a child and unlawful neglect of a child, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Chester Police Sgt. Audrey Schurig, 36, is charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

The couple was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg authorities after a SLED investigation at the request of the Rock Hill Police Department.

According to a search warrant, the 3-month-old baby’s parents took him to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill in February with brain and neck injuries. The child was then flown to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, where he remains hospitalized, according to a SLED news release.

Both officers were placed on leave during the SLED investigation.

Taylor resigned from his position Wednesday, according to York police Chief Andy Robinson. Taylor had been with the department since July, coming from the city of Lancaster.

“He was a highly regarded officer. He had no disciplinary action with us or his previous employers,” Robinson said. “We never had any issues with him or had reasons to be alarmed.”

Schurig is on suspension without pay, according to a statement from the Chester Police Department, which offered no further comment.

If convicted, Taylor could face up to 20 years in prison and Schurig could face up to 10 years.

Shannon Greene •  803-329-4033

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