Two people have been charged with murder after the child they were convicted of abusing about 20 years ago died last month.

David Raefore Tripp Jr., 45, and Robyn Lynn Noffsinger, 41, appeared in a Brunswick County court room Tuesday and indicted for first-degree murder. They are being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center under identical $1 million bonds.

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According to the district attorney’s office, the murder charge stems from a child abuse case dating back to 1997.

Officials said that the child that Tripp and Noffsinger were convicted of abusing in that case, then-15-month-old David Cody Rhinehart, died March 6.

A medical examiner determined that he died from injuries from the 1997 incident.

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According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety website, Tripp was convicted on child abuse and indecent liberties with a child charges in 1998 and was released from prison in 2005.

Noffsinger was convicted on child abuse charges in 1998 and served about two years in prison, the NCDPS site states. Noffsinger’s charges stem from the abuse of a 15-month-old child.

According to documents from Noffsinger’s appeal, a volunteer ambulance driver transported the child, David Cody Rhinehart, to the Columbia Brunswick Hospital on April 12, 1997. A doctor at the hospital said the child was not breathing and had a head fracture, abnormal pupil response, facial bruising, deformities on an arm and a leg, a burned area in the diaper region and was having seizures. The volunteer ambulance drivers said she saw Noffsinger and Tripp “talking and laughing” outside the emergency room.

The next day, a pediatrician at Duke treated the child and testified the child was in critical condition, comatose and had been placed on life support. The pediatrician claimed the couple told her the injuries happened when Tripp gave the child two baths. The pediatrician claims the couple also told her the child fell from a chair onto a vacuum cleaner and Tripp accidentally hit the child in the eye with his elbow.

The pediatrician diagnosed the child with battered child syndrome. A child receives the diagnosis when it is believed the child’s caretakers intentionally inflicted the injuries.

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