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N.C. couple charged after their 2-month-old dies with ‘multiple burns and broken bones’

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (TCD) — A couple has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of their 2-month-old daughter.

According to WLOS-TV, on Tuesday, June 28, Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Four Wheel Drive, where 28-year-old Diandra Fuhr-Farlow and 35-year-old Nickolas Stephenson live. Multiple units were reportedly involved with the investigation, including the Major Case, Crime Scene, and the Special Investigations units.

An autopsy for the victim, 2-month-old Riley Stephenson, is scheduled to be performed, WYFF-TV reports.

The father, Stephenson, is accused of inflicting “multiple burns and broken bones” upon his daughter. According to the arrest warrant obtained by WLOS, Fuhr-Farlow “intentionally and neglectfully” left the child in a “serious injured state that led to her death.”

Stephenson was arrested on June 28 and booked into the Buncombe County Detention Center on $500,000 bond, records show. He was reportedly charged with second-degree murder and negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Fuhr-Farlow was also arrested on June 28, and she was booked into Buncombe County Detention Center on $150,000 bond, according to records. She was reportedly charged with felonious child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in court on July 20.


Buncombe County Jail RecordsParents charged in connection with death of 2-month-old daughter, police say – WLOSParents charged in connection with baby’s death, deputies say – WYFF