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Anonymous tip leads NC deputies to child locked in dog kennel overnight; temperature was 28 degrees

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A North Carolina sheriff’s office said an anonymous tip led deputies to a 9-year-old boy who had been locked outside overnight; the temperature was 28 degrees.

A North Carolina sheriff’s office said an anonymous tip led deputies to a 9-year-old boy who had been locked outside overnight; the temperature was 28 degrees.

Sheriff Richie Simmons said deputies responded in minutes and found the child locked in a dog kennel, which was secured with a padlock.

The child was treated at the hospital and later released; two other children found inside the home were checked out by EMS at the scene but Simmons said they had no obvious injuries.

Jonathan Star and Sarah Star, the child’s father and step-mother, were arrested and charged with felony child abuse, misdemeanor child abuse, and false imprisonment.

Detectives also later arrested Shelly Barnes, the boy’s aunt, for felony child abuse, misdemeanor child abuse, false imprisonment, possession of firearm by felon, and maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substances.

In court on Thursday, Jonathan and Sarah Starr’s bonds were increased from $30,000 to $100,000 secured. Shelley Barnes’ bond was increased from $60,000 to $300.000.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.