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Greensboro Couple Charged With Abusing Infant Daughter

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Walter Shinn and Heather Burris (Photos: Greensboro Police Department) Walter Shinn and Heather Burris (Photos: Greensboro Police Department)

GREENSBORO, Md. – A Caroline County couple has been arrested on child abuse charges five months after their baby was hospitalized for broken bones and serious head trauma.

According to the Greensboro Police Department, 23-year-old Heather Burris and 30-year-old Walter Shinn were arrested over the weekend, but police began investigating them for possible child abuse back in July.

Police said they were contacted on July 21 by a local hospital, advising them that doctors were treating a 5-and-a-half-week-old infant for multiple broken ribs. The baby was immediately transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she was admitted in critical condition. 

An investigation determined the baby had suffered the injuries while in Burris and Shinn's care, according to police. 

After reviewing the case with the Caroline County State’s Attorney, police obtained arrest warrants for the couple. Burris was taken into custody on Friday and charged with first- and second-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor. Shinn was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with first and second-degree child abuse, assault and neglect of a minor.

Both are being held on bond at the Caroline County Detention Center.

The baby is being cared for by a family member while recovering from her injuries, according to police, who added that the long-term effects of those injuries are unknown.

Maryland State Police, the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Caroline County Department of Social Services, assisted Greensboro police with the investigation.

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