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SLED requested to investigate abuse of Upstate infant

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Joshua James Hurley (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention) Joshua James Hurley (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention)
WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been asked to assist in the investigation into charges against a Spartanburg County man.

SLED agents said 34-year-old Joshua James Hurley is charged with unlawful neglect of a child and child abuse with great bodily injury.

Arrest warrants indicate a 5-month-old child suffered “substantial risk of death or serious or permanent disfigurement or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.”

Woodruff Police said officers were contacted on June 16 after the child was brought to East Cooper Hospital in Mount Pleasant with injuries. Officers said the victim's mother told them the child fell from a chair or swing earlier that day at a residence on West Hayne Street in Woodruff, but the injuries were not

Police in Woodruff asked for SLED's assistance in the investigation since the child was located near the coast and the department has limited resources.

Agents signed warrants and Hurley was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Wednesday but later released on bond.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office. The charges, if convicted, carry up to 30 years in prison and a possible fine.

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