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They took a baby to the ER for a spider bite. NC cops arrested them for child abuse

Deborah Ann Collins, left, and Colin Joseph Campbell.
Deborah Ann Collins, left, and Colin Joseph Campbell. Harnett County Sheriff's Office

A man and a woman are in North Carolina jail after taking a baby to the emergency room for a spider bite, according to law enforcement.

Deborah Ann Collins, 39, of the 400 block of West Church Street in Coats, and Colin Joseph Campbell, 20, of the 3600 block of Neills Creek Road in Angier, were being held in Harnett County Jail on Monday, according to county records. They were taken to the jail on May 4.

Collins was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. She was placed under a $1 million secured bond, according to county records.

Campbell was charged with felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury and was placed under a $1 million secured bond, county records show.

A 10-month-old baby was taken to Harnett Central Hospital on May 4 for treatment for a spider bite, according to WRAL. The doctor who examined the child found facial fractures and bleeding in the brain, law enforcement told WRAL.

The child was most recently being treated at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, according to WRAL.

It was unclear if Collins and Campbell are the child's parents. The child's name was not released.

Both Collins and Campbell have criminal histories, according to state records.

Collins has been convicted of: felony conspiracy in 2016; felony larceny in 2012; felony possession of schedule II substance in 2011; DWI level 3 in 2012; felony possession of stolen goods in 2009; felony larceny in 2007; felony breaking and entering, speeding to elude arrest and larceny in 2005; financial card fraud in 2006; and misdemeanor larceny in 2006.

Campbell has been convicted of: felony cruelty to animals in February; felony breaking and entering vehicles in 2017.

According to North Carolina statute: "A parent or any other person providing care to or supervision of a child less than 16 years of age who intentionally inflicts any serious physical injury upon or to the child or who intentionally commits an assault upon the child which results in any serious physical injury to the child is guilty of a Class D felony."

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric emergency

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