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Concord man charged with child abuse under Kilah’s Law

Concord man charged with child abuse under Kilah’s Law

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CONCORD, N.C. -- A Concord man is in jail after police say he severely injured a 2-year-old boy who was in his care.

Shonquelle Oshoe Payne, 22, of 533 Concord Chase Circle SW, Concord, was charged Wednesday with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

He was placed in the Cabarrus County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

At about 11:09 p.m. Tuesday, Concord police were notified that an unresponsive 2-year-old boy had been brought to CMC-NorthEast by Cabarrus County EMS, according to information provided by CPD.

The child had severe bruising along his legs, buttocks and lower back area, police say. There also were signs of head trauma.

The boy, who has not been named, was transported to CMC-Main in Charlotte for further treatment.

Police say Payne is acquainted with the child’s mother and was babysitting the child when the injuries occurred.

Payne’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 2.

Because of Kilah’s Law, which went into effect on Jan. 1, Payne’s charge is now a Class B2 felony, carrying a penalty of 25 years to life in prison. The law was named for the Concord girl who was severely beaten by her step-father in 2012 and died in March 2014.

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