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Man sentenced 22 – 29 years for beating girlfriend’s 4-year-old

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A local Jacksonville man has been sentenced up to 29 years in prison for causing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter to become special needs child after he brutally beat her.

Edward Hugh Felts lll

Edward Hugh Felts lll, 37, of Jacksonville, was charged by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with three charges of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses; two charges of negligent child abuse; child abuse inflicting serious injury; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Mary Alice Wilson, the child’s mother, was also arrested by the sheriff’s office on three charges of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses; three charges of obtaining property by false pretenses; obstruction of justice; negligent child abuse; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Wilson charges are pending and no court date is currently scheduled.

The child sustained 17 unmistakable bruises to her face, 12 bruises to her abdomen and 17 bruises to her extremities, according to Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Avery, during a jury trial on April 3. The girl suffered bleeding of the brain, retinal hemorrhaging and a fractured collar bone.

Avery said the child’s brain “swelled to the point of a stroke and was hospitalized for 10 days followed by two months of rehabilitation” and after Felts beat the child, he waited 53 minutes before calling the mother, Mary Alice Wilson, who was at work.

The 4-year-old is now living with her guardian, who testified to the court that “The child we used to know is gone.” The guardian said that everyday is a struggle for the child “to get dressed, make friends at school and use utensils.”

The child’s aunt also made a statement saying that “a baby that was robbed now has to fight for her life.”

The guardian said the child is now considered “mentally retarded by the state and is a special needs child who functions at a 3-year-old’s level.”

N.C. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Charles H. Henry sentenced Felts to between 238 and 298 months in prison on the first count of intentional child abuse then consolidated the two remaining charges where Felts will serve at least 34 months and no more than 53 months at the expiration of the first sentence.

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President Trump rumored to visit New Bern, NC Wednesday

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The 45th President of The United States of America Donald Trump is scheduled to make an appearance in Eastern Carolina Wednesday.

According to the New York Post, President Trump will be surveying the destructive damage left by Hurricane Florence.

The exact locations Trump will visit were not immediately available but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump’s North Carolina visit.

President Trump issued a disaster declaration Sunday for several counties in North Carolina.

The order issued is for residents in the affected area to apply for federal funding.

Locals in New Bern tells News In Onslow that Trump is expected to be in Downtown New Bern and that his car landed in Cherry Point, North Carolina Monday evening.

 

 

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One dead in Bear Creek Road wreck

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One person is dead tonight in a Bear Creek Road wreck.

The name of the person killed has not been released. Officials say alcohol use, speed and water on the road was all factors.

The driver died at the scene.

This story is DEVELOPING and we will release more information as it becomes available.

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Public’s Safety suffering at the hands of Onslow County Government, lifts mandatory evacuation

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Onslow County, North Carolina Government is causing a lot of confusion on the public’s safety to return home after many fled the area from Hurricane Florence wrath. 

Top officials in North Carolina including Governor Roy Cooper have told those who fled the state to stay where they are because it is not safe to return, but Onslow County Manager David Cotton said otherwise.

David Cotton said in an EOC(Emergency Operations Center) update Monday morning that evacuees from Onslow County will be able to return Tuesday, September 12, at 8:00 A.M.

Robin Knapp, an Onslow County Commissioner does not agree with Cotton’s decision and is urging evacuees to not return to Onslow County because it is not safe.

“We are not completely done with flooding and if it continues to rain, we will see an INCREASE in flooding. So, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AN ATTEMPT,” he said in a Facebook post. (He deleted the below post).

Robin Knapp deeming it is not safe to return to Jacksonville before he deleted the post.

While the roads in and around Onslow County are still flooded and dangerous, many will lose resources and reimbursement due to the decision to lift the mandatory evacuation.

Routes back into Onslow County has not yet been decided.

Some in the area are worried that they will lose their eligibility for disaster relief funding through certain avenues, and employers will demand employees to show for work, and Fema has already begun denying applicants in Onslow County to receive help.

If you plan on traveling back soon; be mindful that rivers around Eastern North Carolina will crest which may result in the available passable routes today to become impassable in the next few days. You are also asked to bring back supplies that will last for 7 days.

Onslow County remains under a flash flood warning until 12:30 P.M. Tuesday.

Us here at News In Onslow responded to the confusion below:

 

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