WILSON, N.C. (TCD) -- A 33-year-old woman faces several charges — including attempted murder — after she reportedly castrated her adopted stepson.
According to WITN-TV, on Thursday, Sept. 29, the Wilson County Department of Social Services contacted the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office to report a possible case of child abuse.
The report stems from an incident on July 29 when a young boy was taken to the Wilson Center Emergency Department with burns on several parts of his body, WTVD-TV reports. The boy also reportedly showed bruising on his arms, head, face, genital area, and more. He was eventually transferred to the University of North Carolina Burn Center.
WTVD reports law enforcement officials said the boy’s wounds did not look self-inflicted, and some were in the process of healing, while others looked newer. He reportedly suffered other injuries as well.
The child’s adoptive stepmother, Bracey Byrd, was arrested Sept. 30, for allegedly castrating the boy, according to WNCT-TV. Byrd was booked on charges of attempted murder, felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, malicious castration, first-degree kidnapping, and three counts of child abuse with physical injury.