Parents charged after claiming baby injured by 'exploding' teething toy


    Racheal Jade Nicole Herron, 19, and Billy Ray Hawkins Jr., 21, are both charged with child abuse with great bodily injury to a child. (Photo credit: Greenville Police Department)

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (WLOS) -- A Greenville couple was arrested after their 5-month-old son was taken to Greenville Hospital with broken bones and other numerous injuries.

    Racheal Jade Nicole Herron, 19, and Billy Ray Hawkins Jr., 21, are both charged with child abuse with great bodily injury to a child.

    Police records show the couple took their 5-month-old son to the emergency room over the weekend, claiming a teething toy had "exploded" in his mouth.

    According to arrest warrants, doctors say when the boy arrived at the hospital, both of his arms were broken, his left eye was swollen shut, and he had numerous bruises and cuts over his body.

    Authorities also found prior injuries that were in the process of healing.

    The child was placed into the custody of the state Department of Social Services.

    Hawkins is being held on $50,000 bond while Herron is being held on $25,000 bond.

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