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Two Charged with Child Abuse After Children Burned

The V.I. Police on Friday arrested Raymond Joseph, age 52 of Canebrake Apartments, and charged him with a series of crimes after he admitted to burning two minors with a hot object.

Joseph was charged with child abuse, possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence, mayhem, first-degree assault, and aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Police also arrested 26-year-old Charna Goodings, also of Canebrake Apartments, charging her with child abuse, aggravated child abuse and neglect, simple assault and battery, mayhem as principal and first-degree assault as principal. Goodings allegedly refused to seek medical attention for the minors after learning of the abuse by Joseph, police said.

The minors were transported to the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center for treatment of first- and second-degree burns to their bodies.

The arrests occurred at about 6:43 p.m. Oct. 23, police said.

No bail was set for Joseph or Goodings. They were both turned over to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections pending advice of rights hearings.

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