Couple Arrested After Police Look Into Baby’s Mouth And See What They Did

When South Carolina couple, 21-year-old Billy Ray Hawkins Jr. and 19-year-old Rachael Jade Nicole Herron, rushed their child to a Greenville hospital complaining that a teething toy had exploded in his mouth, doctors assumed that they were concerned parents in shock over an injury to their child. But after a closer look at the baby’s injuries, the hospital called the police.

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Doctors discovered that the child’s mouth had suffered extreme trauma, consistent with something being rammed down the child’s throat. Furthermore, a bloodied children’s toy was found in a hospital trashcan.

The child also had multiple fractures on both arms, bruises across his torso, as well as a swollen left eye.

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The couple were arrested and charged with abuse to inflict great bodily injury upon a child. They are being held on a combined bail $75,000.

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