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Parents charged with murder after 4-year-old boy dies at a hospital, NC sheriff says

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A Mount Airy couple was charged with murder on Friday after their 4-year-old son died at a hospital, Surry County Sheriff Steve Hiatt said.

Skyler Wilson was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem by Surry County EMS after suffering a medical emergency on Jan. 5, Hiatt said in a news release.

Sheriff’s officers began investigating what happened to Skyler after receiving a call from Surry County Child Protective Services on Jan. 6, according to the release.

Agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assisted in the case.

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“The investigation revealed that Skyler Wilson passed away from injuries related to the abuse sustained by his parents,” according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

Skyler’s parents, 41-year-old Joseph “Joe” Paul Wilson and 38-year-old Jodi Ann Wilson, were jailed without bond pending Feb. 2 court appearances.

The county Department of Social Services is caring for other children who were in the home, Hiatt said.

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“This is a tragic event that resulted in the death of a precious child way too soon,” Hiatt said in a statement.

“Please remember the other siblings involved in this situation, as well as the investigators who worked tirelessly on this case, in your thoughts and prayers,” the sheriff said.

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