PITT COUNTY - Deputies have arrested a Pitt County man accused of seriously injuring a 3-month-old baby.
According to the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Michael Anthony Perry, of Grifton, has been charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.
Detectives said Perry caused traumatic head injury to his girlfriend's 3-month-old infant daughter while the baby was under his care.
Pitt County Detective Sergeant Shannon Stewart said Perry was alone watching his girlfriend's baby at the baby's grandparents home on Monday. Detective Sgt. Stewart said Perry sent a text to his girlfriend that the baby was in trouble.
"She comes home, see's her child having these problems, and calls for EMS. They go to the hospital, and once at the hospital the child was examined and they found signs of possible child abuse," Sgt. Stewart said.
Investigators said the infant suffered Shaken Baby Syndrome. The alleged abuse happened on Monday. A motive is unclear.
The baby was taken to Vidant Medical Center. Detective Sgt. Stewart said, "at last check the baby was in stable condition."
Perry was arrested on Thursday and was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond, the Sheriff's Office stated. Perry had his first court appearance Friday morning, and was still in jail Friday night, according to officials.
NewsChannel 12 reached out to the mother and grandparent's on Friday. Neither of them were home.
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