Jan 20 2017

Pair charged in Felony Child Abuse Investigation

On Thursday, January 5th, 2017, Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible child abuse. Investigators responded to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem. Through an ongoing investigation in conjunction with Medical Staff and DSS, it was learned that the suspect in this case was 22 year old Zachary Elijah PUCKETT, W/M, DOB: 02/22/1994 of Taylorsville. Mr. PUCKETT agreed to come to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning. After further investigation and a joint effort with the State Bureau of Investigation, DSS, and Medical Staff from Brenner Children’s Hospital, Mr. PUCKETT was charged with 3 counts of Felony Child Abuse. He was taken into custody and placed under a $750,000.00 Secured Bond. Further investigation also revealed another suspect, 25 year old Summer Brianna LEWIS, W/F, DOB: 07/12/1991, also of Taylorsville. Ms. LEWIS also came to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning in this case. She was subsequently charged with Accessory After the Fact of Felony Child Abuse. She was arrested in Charlotte and brought back to Alexander County where she is in custody under a $75,000.00 Secured Bond. The two victims in this case, ages 7 weeks and 16 months, are in the custody of Alexander County DSS. Both Mr. PUCKETT and Ms. LEWIS are scheduled for their First Appearance on Monday, 01/23/2017 in District Court.

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