• Two SC police officers appear in court on child abuse, neglect charges


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jeff Taylor appeared in court Monday in Charlotte wearing an orange jump suit. Taylor resigned as a York police officer last week after being charged with child abuse. Arrest warrants accuse him of inflicting great bodily injury on his three-month-old son.

    Audrey Schurig, the mother of the child, is still an officer at the Chester Police Department, though on leave without pay. She appeared in court moments before Taylor. 

    She is charged with child neglect, or putting her child at risk of bodily harm, according to her arrest warrant.

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    A search warrant, first obtained by Channel 9 more than two weeks ago, alleged that Taylor and Schurig took the infant to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill on Feb. 14 with brain and neck injuries. He was having seizure-like symptoms.

    He was then flown to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, where he remains Monday.

    Schurig and Taylor were charged shortly after South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents filed a search warrant with Mecklenburg County to get Schurig's cellphone. 

    SLED said early on, the couple was not being cooperative with the investigation, as they gave no explanation for their son's severe injuries.

    Schurig's lawyer said in court Monday that the child is still at Levine, and she wants to move up the date of her bond hearing so she can get out of jail, and be with him.

    Channel 9 tried to speak with family members outside the courtroom. The only comment from Taylor's father was that his son was an innocent man.

    Taylor waived extradition, and will be taken back to York County to face charges. Schurig did not. She's expected to have a bond hearing late next week.

    She is also scheduled to have a probable cause hearing in early April.

    The Department of Social Services is also involved in the case. Efforts to contact the agency Monday were unsuccessful.

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