Man, woman charged after child brought to hospital unresponsive

Published 11:52 am Friday, January 28, 2022

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man and woman face child abuse charges after their adopted child was brought to Rowan Medical Center unresponsive.

Georgianna Karriker, 42, and Reed Karriker, 42, were each charged with one count of felony child abuse. They were booked into the Rowan County Detention Center Thursday with a $40,000 bond and were no longer in jail Friday, according to jail records.

A Salisbury Police Department news release said the child was brought to Rowan Medical Center by Reed Karriker on Jan 21. The child showed possible signs of neglect and was transported to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center for further treatment.

The Salisbury Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division then began an investigation. Charges were filed against the adoptive father and mother after detectives reviewed medical information, police said.

Lt. Justin Crews of the Salisbury Police Department said Friday the child was still alive.