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Warrants: Durham man, woman accused of fracturing infant's skull, ribs

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A Durham man and woman were arrested Thursday in Raleigh on charges that they beat and severely injured an infant in 2017, according to Wake County arrest warrants.

Jatoia Potts, 27, and Aharoun Thompson, 25, are each facing charges of felony intentional child abuse serious bodily injury and felony negligent child abuse serious bodily injury, warrants show.

Potts and Thompson are accused of inflicting serious injuries on a 3-month-old boy. The charges date back to November and December 2017.

According to warrants, the child suffered a skull fracture, rib fractures and retinal hemorrhages in both eyes due to the abuse.

The warrants also accused the two of "commit[ting] a willful act and grossly negligent omission showing a reckless disregard for human life and resulting in serious bodily injury" to the child.

Although the charges are based in Durham, Potts and Thompson were arrested in Raleigh where the warrants were served.

Potts and Thompson are being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond each.

If either suspect posts bond, they will be required to have no contact, directly or indirectly, with the victim or with the other suspect.

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