SC Baby with broken arms taken to hospital, parents charged

Racheal Jade Nicole Herron (left) and Billy Ray Hawkins Jr. (From: Greenville Police Department)

GREENVILLE, S.C.  – A Greenville couple was arrested after their 5-month-old son was brought to the hospital with numerous injuries including broken arms.

Billy Ray Hawkins Jr., 21, and Racheal Jade Nicole Herron, 19, are each charged with child abuse with great bodily harm.

Both of the baby boy’s arms were broken, his left eye was swollen shut, and he had numerous bruises and cuts over his body, according to arrest warrants.

Police say the boy also had prior injuries that were in the process of healing.

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

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

Police say this is the couple’s only child.

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