2 indicted for child abuse of infant in Murfreesboro

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 12:51:37-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man and a woman in Murfreesboro are accused of abusing their 2-month-old son after the boy was found with multiple fractures on his body.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s office said detectives first began investigating when the infant was admitted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital last October. The boy had more than 10 fractures to his ribs and all four limbs.

Detective Andrea Butler said the fractures were in multiple stages of healing.

“These types of injuries supports activities synonymous with child abuse/maltreatment,” Butler said.

The baby was then put into the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.

The sheriff’s office said the boy’s parents, Dequavion Wilburn, 21, and Darla Stewart, 18, were allowed a supervised visit with their son in December. After the visit there was allegedly a bruise found on the boy’s shin.

Wilburn and Stewart were each indicted for aggravated child abuse, neglect and endangerment last week.

They were booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and both given $80,000 bond amounts. Stewart has since been released after posting bond, but Wilburn is still being held.

Hearings for the two have been set for June 29.