2 Raleigh caretakers charged with child abuse, attempted murder


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Two Raleigh care providers were arrested Thursday for attempting to kill a 15-year-old child, warrants show.

Shatuana Nicole McGee, 43, and Verrone Nicosia O’Neal, 37, both of Raleigh, are each charged with a felony count of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and felony attempted murder.UPDATE: Raleigh caretakers charged with attempted murder of disabled girl seen punching, kicking her

According to warrants, McGee was at one point a care provider for children with special needs, but is no longer listed as a North Carolina Medication Aide on the North Carolina Medication Aide Registry. Initially, her test date was on October 25, 2008. On May 31, 2013, the registration date expired.

McGee and O’Neal were providing temporarily relief care for the victim, warrants show.

“She had been in her care two months and had hemorrhages in her head and brain, internal bleeding, rib fractures fluid in the lungs and fractures to the vertebrae,” said Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shakita. “She’ll need significant care and we don’t know what prognosis will be at this time.”

The victim was reported to have injuries including fluid in her lungs, two fractures to her lower vertebrae, a rib fracture, bruises to her lower back, both breasts, her left forearm, right side of her face, massive blood loss and internal bleeding that caused her stomach to swell.

Officials say the injuries occurred between April 13 and June 10.

Both were placed in the Wake County Detention Center and each received a $1.5 million secured bond.

McGee and O’Neal are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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