18-month-old dies after suspected abuse in Blount County

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UPDATE:

BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — 18-month-old Enzo McCormack who had been allegedly abused by his mother and her boyfriend has passed away Monday.

Charges against the mother, Samantha McCormack will be upgraded to reckless murder and her boyfriend’s charges will be upgraded to capital murder.


ORIGINAL REPORT:

An 18-month-old boy is not expected to survive after suspected abuse in Blount County, according to court documents.

The child’s mother, 24-year-old Samantha McCormack, and her boyfriend Robert Elmore Jr., 28, are in jail with no bond.

McCormack is charged with first-degree reckless assault and Elmore is charged with attempted murder, according to online jail records.

Investigators allege that McCormack stopped at the Locust Fork Hardware store with the unresponsive child in the car.

Law enforcement was called and noticed bruising on the boy. At the hospital, doctors determined the child had suffered a brain injury.

According to the affidavit, medical staff at the hospital said the child may have been shaken.

The Department of Human Resources was called to check on other children. Doctors believe one of the other children was also physically abused.

According to court records, investigators said the pair had numerous inconsistencies in accounts about what happened to the victim.

Court documents state that custody was taken from McCormack in October 2018. McCormack also filed for an order of protection against Elmore in March of 2019. McCormack regained custody of the children again in June, according to court documents.

An investigator spoke with Elmore at the hospital again on Sunday. According to the investigator, Elmore indicated he had picked up the child and the child grabbed Elmore’s chest hairs. The investigator said Elmore lost his temper, according to court records.

Charges could be upgraded depending on the results of the ongoing investigation.

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