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Man indicted in vicious child abuse case

Nevins Brooks McFadden

Nevins Brooks McFadden

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man has been indicted for his alleged role in a heinous case of child abuse.

A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted on Wednesday Nevins Brooks McFadden on two counts of first-degree cruelty to children, two counts of aggravated battery and a single count of aggravated assault, as well as giving false information. The charges stem from an incident that allegedly left a 2-year-old girl with a fractured skull.

According to a Gwinnett County police report, the girl's mother, a Lawrenceville resident, took her to an Atlanta hospital on Aug. 22. Authorities were notified after doctors observed "a skull fracture with brain injury possible and ear bleeding." Bruising, scratches and a bite mark on the right buttock were also noted, police said.

The mother reportedly told doctors and police that the girl had fallen while playing at Bethesda Park.

Hospital officials told authorities the girl had also been hospitalized in 2011 for bleach ingestion.

It was unclear Thursday how police identified McFadden -- the girl's father -- as a suspect, or what triggered the alleged incident.

Indictments, though, charge McFadden with fracturing the girl's skull, "lacerating and bruising" her liver and biting her. McFadden has been held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond since his original arrest on Aug. 27.

Under Georgia code, a first-degree cruelty to children conviction carries a sentence of five to 20 years in prison.