‘Unthinkable’: Baby’s brutal murder shocks

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A baby has died after being taken to hospital by her 17 and 25-year-old parents with “unspeakable” injuries.

One-year-old Jadalynn Barton was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to a North Carolina hospital with bruises all over her body.

Deputies with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene at the Southeastern Medical Centre but found little Jadalynn unresponsive, The Sun reports.

Her parents have since been arrested for her abuse and death.

One-year-old Jadalynn Barton was found dead by officers in a North Carolina hospital. Picture: GoFundMe
media_cameraOne-year-old Jadalynn Barton was found dead by officers in a North Carolina hospital. Picture: GoFundMe

The child’s father, Jonathan Blake Barton, 17, has been charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

He was arrested on Thursday and booked into the Robeson County Detention Centre with no bond, ABC13 reported.

The child’s mother Sarah Hardin, 25, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury the following day.

She is being held in the Robeson County Detention Centre under a $1.5 million bond.

Jadalynn’s cause of death is so far undetermined.

An autopsy is set to be performed on Friday morning.

Mother Sarah Hardin, 25, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. Picture: Robeson County Sheriff’s Office
media_cameraMother Sarah Hardin, 25, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. Picture: Robeson County Sheriff’s Office
Jonathan Blake Barton was charged with the murder of his daughter. Picture: Robeson County Sheriff’s Office
media_cameraJonathan Blake Barton was charged with the murder of his daughter. Picture: Robeson County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said: “This is such a troubling case that no one would want to imagine.

“The condition of this innocent infant is unspeakable and was really difficult for our investigators.

“As the investigation continues all I can do is ask for the county to pray.”

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for Jadalynn’s funeral costs but has since been deleted.

It read: “Jadalynn passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. This is an unthinkable tragedy. She leaves behind many relatives and friends to cherish her memory.

“Although our family is heartbroken, we know that heaven rejoiced to receive our precious Jadalynn.”

Jonathan Barton holds his newborn daughter. Picture: Facebook
media_cameraJonathan Barton holds his newborn daughter. Picture: Facebook
The parents reportedly took their daughter to the hospital with injuries. Picture: Facebook
media_cameraThe parents reportedly took their daughter to the hospital with injuries. Picture: Facebook

Jadalynn’s wider family also released a statement to ABC13 that said they were “heartbroken” by the awful event.

“Our family is heartbroken about this terrible tragedy. We were devastated to learn that both parents had been arrested in connection to Jadalynn’s death. Our grief cannot be put into words,” it read.

It added the family was putting their “faith” in the criminal justice system and recognised the importance of the investigation of both Jadalynn’s parents.

“As a family, we have spent countless hours grieving this loss. There will never be a day that we are not grieving for Jadalynn,” the statement continued.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as ‘Unthinkable’: Baby’s brutal murder shocks

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