Soldier accused or holding daughter upside down until “red stuff” came out

Sean Underhill

A soldier arrested in May for fracturing his infant son’s skull also allegedly severely abused his 4-year-old stepdaughter.

According to court documents obtained by the Fayetteville Observer, 28-year-old Fort Bragg soldier Sean Underhill was charged on May 19th of this year with intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, conspiracy and common law obstruction of justice in the assault on his 9-month-old son, with his bail set at $150,000.

In addition, his bail was raised by $5,000 after being charged with misdemeanor child abuse involving his 4-year-old stepdaughter.

His wife -28-year-old Jazmin Marie Garcia- was also charged on the same initial charges as Underhill but faced no charges in the abuse of her daughter, with bail set at $150,000.

Fayetteville Police  Lieutenant David McLaurin told the Observer on Tuesday that the abused infant is off life support and is still alive, though further information on his condition is unknown at this time.

While the little girl sustained no life-threatening injuries, she told police that Underhill punched her in the head, choked her and held her upside down until “red stuff” came from her nose. Others interviewed for the case say she was so afraid of Underhill that she would wet herself at the mere mention of his name.

The probe into abuse began at a military hospital when Garcia claimed she had tripped over a phone cord while holding her son two days prior. As she fell, her son landed on the couch while she was knocked unconscious by a coffee table.

Underhill claims he saw his son roll off the couch, though he seemed fine. His wife soon regained consciousness.

Two days later, his son seemed to be “stretching continuously”. After realizing his son was having a seizure, he rushed him to the hospital at Fort Bragg.

The doctor who treated the infant reported to law enforcement that the child sustained intentional injuries- including a skull fracture, a fractured jaw, a spinal fracture and internal brain bleeding, requiring the child to be flown to UNC Chapel Hill’s hospital near Raleigh, NC.

Underhill is scheduled to appear in court for his misdemeanor charge later this month and felony charges in late July. Garcia will appear in court in late July on felony charges as well.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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