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Wayne County couple arrested, charged with child abuse

Daniel Clark Hess and Summer Lee Hess (Wayne County Sheriff's Office photos)

A Wayne County couple have been arrested and charged with child abuse after the mother discovered her 3-year-old had a burn on his lower back and buttocks area.

Daniel Clark Hess and Summer Lee Hess of 207 Whitley Church Rd. in Prineceton were arrested and charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with felony child abuse. They were placed in the Wayne County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond each.

Officials said in August, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office began an investigation after they were notified by the Wayne County Department of Social Services of a child abuse case involving a 3-year-old male. Detectives learned the child had a significant burn to his lower back and buttocks area while he was in the custody of the Hess couple, who are his father and stepmother, during a visitation.

The child's mother discovered the injury and carried the child to Wayne UNC Healthcare for treatment. Officials said the child's mother knew nothing of the injury prior to him being returned to her.

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