The Statesville Police Department provided more details on this case to the Record & Landmark on July 31. The story has been updated to reflect this.
A man with ties to Iredell County has been charged with kidnapping and intentional child abuse.
On June 17, Michael Travis Barry, 39, was arrested in the 100 block of Creekwood Drive in Mooresville, said the Union County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with felony second-degree kidnapping, intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a child under 12.
Jail records show he was transferred to the Iredell County Detention Center July 18 and is being held in lieu of a $175,000 secured bond.
On July 14, the Statesville Police Department said it was notified around 5 p.m. by an officer with the Blacksburg Police Department out of Virginia. The officer called in reference to a child who was treated at a local hospital for injuries consistent with assault, the agency stated.
Warrants stated that on July 14 Barry restrained a 22-month-old boy without the consent of the victim’s guardian and assaulted the child. The toddler suffered from bruises all over the body, a bloody nose and black eyes, warrants indicated.
Warrants also stated that Barry “picked (the) child up by the face, taking the child from his mother, and hitting the child as he carried the child by the face and head.”
Authorities said Barry is a known associate of the alleged victim's mother, and the child was with the mother at the time of the hospital treatment.
The warrants were served the same day they were filed.
SPD declined to disclose any more details due to the case being an active investigation.
It is not clear if anyone else has been arrested in connection to this case.
Warrants also say Barry has an address on Westwood Drive in Statesville.
Barry is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7.