Baby abused in Rutherford Co., man charged say deputies

The Rutherford Co. Sheriff’s office arrested a man after they say abused a 4-month-old.

Charles Willis Cooper, 29, of North Carolina, was arrested for Felony Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Deputies say a report was filed by the Rutherford County Department of Social Services indicating that the baby’s injuries were not accidental.

The baby was taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville where he is in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit, according to deputies.

Investigators say they were led to an arrest after interviewing family members and witnesses.

Cooper’s bond is set at $800,000.

Crimes against kids

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