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Middlesex woman accused of breaking baby’s leg

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KNIGHTDALE — A Middlesex woman awaiting trial stands accused of breaking a baby’s leg while working at a Wake County day care center.

Authorities charged Kimberly Sugg Boykin, 51, with felony negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. She has been released on $50,000 bail with a court date set for Sept. 17.

Police took Boykin into custody last week. She allegedly broke the leg of a 6-month-old baby while working at Widewaters Learning Center in Knightdale, according to an arrest warrant.

“Widewaters Learning Center cares deeply about the safety of our children, and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards for our employees,” Widewaters Director Jeniffer Cue said last week in a public statement. “We are actively investigating this situation involving a former employee, and we will continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities.”

Boykin willfully twisted the baby’s left leg, injuring the infant’s femur bone and didn’t report the incident, which took place back in March, according to a press release from Knightdale police.

The baby’s mother grew suspicious when the child stopped behaving normally, police said.

The investigation included the Knightdale Police Department, Child Protective Services, the Safe Child Advocacy Center and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, according to the press release.

Boykin hasn’t entered a plea.