Claims of an animal bite lead to abuse charges, $1M bonds

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ANGIER, N.C. (WNCN) – Police said a mother called 911 and told them her 8-month-old girl had been bitten by an animal and needed help. Police said doctors determined the injuries weren’t from an animal, but consistent with abuse.

Deborah Collins and her friend, Colin Campbell, have been charged with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Police said they were called to the West Church Street home in Angier where Collins lives with two of her five kids.

It happened Friday.

“As a mother looking at it as another mother…I think that’s sick and disturbing,” Charlene Brown, a neighbor, said.

A family friend caring for Collins’ two older children said the baby’s condition is improving, and that she may be out of the hospital Tuesday.

Several family friends said Collins loves her children, and that they never seen her hurt them.

A man who wouldn’t open the door at Campbell’s home said he didn’t know Collins or her baby.

Campbell’s neighbor said he had behavioral problems and dropped out of high school.

Back at Collin’s house, neighbors had mixed reactions. 

“Police were always coming and going all the time,” Sinia Lopez, a neighbor said.

“With the little boy I knew that she cared a lot about him,” Brown said.

Collins and Campbell are being held at the Harnett County Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond.

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