RALEIGH, North Carolina – A Raleigh woman lifted the lid of her recycling bin Saturday morning to see the eyes of a scared, bleeding child staring back.
Police have arrested the boy’s mother, 29-year-old Jillian Randel Davis, and stepfather, 25-year-old Leroy Blake, and charged them with abuse in the case, according to WTVD.
Melissa White said she asked the 9-year-old boy where he was from, and he said he had been living in the woods near the Green Road Community Center in North Raleigh.
According to police, Davis had been beating him on a regular basis. On Friday, his stepfather allegedly started striking him with a belt and the boy fled the house and ran into the woods.
White said she found him the next morning, “He was scared half to death. He was like, ‘Please don’t let them take me back.'”
White said he had dried blood “all around his nose” as well as lumps and a cut on the side of his head. She fed the boy and made him comfortable inside her home before calling 911.
Police let him use their shower and gave the boy fresh clothes before turning him over to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Both Blake and Davis are being held on $50,000 bond while awaiting arraignment on charges of child abuse causing serious physical injury.